this is an article that just came out, written by an OB, who is questioning the efficacy of continuous electronic fetal monitoring and proposing that it's failures lead to unnecessary cesarean surgeries.
it's worth a read, especially since you are most likely to be required to have continuous fetal monitoring in most any hospital. i am not sure what birth centers do, but i assume, like home birth, that the monitoring is intermittent (every 10-15 minutes, until pushing, which is then about every 5 minutes, give or take - correct me if i'm wrong).
"Test leads to needless C-sections"
coming up: all about homebirth - what is it and is it right for you?