So we just met with our midwife last night to discuss some of the logistics of our home birth plan, and something that came up was fetal heart rate monitoring. I did not think that I wanted to have any fetal heart rate monitoring at all unless there was an apparent reason to during the labor, simply because I really thought that it would interfere with my mindset and concentration during labor. However when I told my midwife this she seemed sort of hesitant, and told me to think a bit more about it. She said that in terms of monitoring how the baby's doing, that this is one of the few ways she's able to check in on it. In the end she'll support my decision either way, but I really think that she wants me to have some fetal heart rate monitoring.
Now I'm just a little confused about what to do. It's one of those things that's not really overly intrusive or harmful, just more of an annoyance really. What I'm wondering is what are some typical problems that fetal heart rate monitoring can detect, and if it does detect it, what can be done about them? I'm also wondering that if there is a problem where the baby is in distress, would there really be no other way to tell other than heart rate monitoring?
Anyway I'm really having a hard time deciding this one and would really love some insight from other mamas about what they decided and why!