“It depends on how highly you prioritize knowing that your child is alive, and their condition at a given moment so you can take action to save them if they start losing oxygen.. If that information wont change your decisions, it is irrelevant.”
The insulting thing about this is the idea that if a mom had information to save her child that she would just not care enough to change her decisions and do so.
But it is wrong to imply that you can have this information without any risks or without interfering with labor in possibly dangerous ways. If monitoring makes a woman scared, gets her into the wrong headspace, or that monitoring leads to unnecessary intervention, then that is not the safest possible way for her to birth.
If there were a magical way for each woman to know if they could have a healthy live baby in a particular birth, without interfering with the process at all, then I bet that would sound better than the reality that some women apparently experience with monitoring.
This is a bit OT, but does doing a FHT check yourself sort of pull you out of labor land mentally? I've had three very hands-off homebirths and consider FHT checks during labor a necessary nuisance. They annoy me because I really prefer to be left completely alone during labor, but I do like to have them. I've only had a total of 4 between the 3 births. I wonder if I felt responsible for doing them myself if it would really annoy me to have to do them (and I know I wouldn't *have* to do them but I think I would definitely feel more comfortable doing a few during a UC).
I have a Doppler but with my last UC I never used it. In fact it never even crossed my mind. I liked having one there 'just in case' but I didn't use it at all.
Ak Hippie mama Yamia DSD '03 DS '07 DS2 '09 & DS3 '12