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Psychological responses to the use of the fetal monitor during labor.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  940906     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fetal monitoring, a major advance in obstetrical care, transforms the labor room into an intensive care setting. The psychological effects of this new technology were investigated by means of structured interviews with 25 postpartum women. The multiplicity of psychological responses obtained are described. The relationship of demographic, obstetrical, and psychosocial variables to women's overall positive or negative reaction to the monitor was investigated. Personality characteristics and life experiences with pregnancy and childbirth were factors that shaped the manner in which the monitor was experienced. The effect of fetal monitoring on maternal anxiety is discussed. The impact of mechanization on the total experience of childbirth is noted.
M N Starkman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychosomatic medicine     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0033-3174     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychosom Med     Publication Date:    1976 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-09-25     Completed Date:  1976-09-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376505     Medline TA:  Psychosom Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-77     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / etiology,  prevention & control
Attitude of Health Personnel
Cesarean Section
Fetal Heart / physiology*
Interview, Psychological
Monitoring, Physiologic*
Pregnancy Complications

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