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My hospital requires it for VBAC (since it's the only really reliable way to track a UR, and that's the not so common event that scares the pants of hospital liability teams) but they use a telemetry unit. You can walk and even get in the shower or tub, so it's not a problem in terms of moving around. It is a problem in terms of making a repeat c/s more likely of course, but that's another story.


Maybe you could explore the telemetry option? Or a more frequent intermittent monitoring (say every half hour?) would still work for your backup doc/hospital? And I agree with pp...try to get the policy worked out and any necessary paperwork signed beforehand and copied to your file since you really don't want to be fighting an administrative battle at 8cm!
 

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Yup...it's that whole "liability nightmare" pushing the rules onto VBAC mamas. Anyone can have a UR, but the malpractice suit is so much easier to lose (from the hospital's perspective) when a lawyer can argue that the hospital "should" have taken additional precautions knowing the mama's surgical history.

bleh.
 
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