There has been a lot of attention to fetal heart rate tracing interpretation during labor in clinical practice and in the literature. Our guest columnist and expert on perinatal patient safety, Lisa Miller, suggests we need to give uterine activity assessment the same level of attention and accuracy to promote safe care for women during labor and to decrease risk of professional liability.
Lisa Miller is a certified nurse midwife and attorney. She is president of Perinatal Risk Management and Education Services in Portland, OR. She can be reached via e-mail at LisaCNM@comcast.net
The author declares no conflicts of interest.