EFM stands for electronic fetal monitoring. That’s the machine directly next to you that is giving a print out of your baby’s heart rate on top, and your contractions on the bottom. Typically, you wear – Mom wears – a belt across her stomach that provides the information for that print out.
The three things that are important about EFM, make sure that it is always running – that it is continuous. The physicians need to look at your EFM strip and look back and forwards as you’re going through your delivery. The second thing is to make sure that the nurses and doctors are in fact looking at your EFM. Make sure that when they come into the room that they’re examining it, looking at it, and looking backwards to see how your baby was doing.
The third thing is very important: if you feel uncomfortable about any part of your delivery, or you feel the EFM doesn’t look or sound normal to you, please ask your nurse or doctor what is going on with the EFM, and they’ll explain it to you.
The EFM gives your doctors and nurses important information about your baby. If you’re not being monitored accurately and appropriately, and something goes wrong, the doctors may miss it entirely.
At Crandall & Pera Law, we understand how vital electronic fetal monitoring is for protecting a mother and her child. If your nurses or doctors failed to use the EFM, or if the EFM was defective in some way, you wanted a trust birth injury lawyer on your side. Call us in Ohio or Kentucky at 877-955-0020 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.