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Aiming to Avoid the Scalpel

The Unkindest Cut

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Garite says he envisions every hospital eventually making use of the technology, which could improve what he considers the often overly intense circumstances under which babies are born.

"We are unnecessarily scaring our moms," Garite says. "When they see us looking at the [heart rate] monitor and becoming concerned and putting oxygen on their faces, they put two and two together. That kind of unnecessary intervention increases the whole anxiety level. As people begin to realize with this monitor that actual hypoxia is so much less frequent, the whole environment will improve."

Kimberly Sanchez is a freelance writer in St. Louis and a frequent contributor to WebMD. She also has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Dallas Morning News.

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