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Fetal monitoring involves checking the heart rate and other vital functions of the baby during labor and delivery. It is a useful tool to ensure that the fetal heart rate falls within the normal range of between 110 and 160 beats per minute. In cases where fetal monitoring shows an abnormal heart rate or rhythm it may indicate a lack of sufficient oxygen to the fetus or another potentially dangerous problem. Types of Fetal Monitoring
Fetal monitoring is usually performed using the following methods: A Fetoscope
A fetoscope is a variation on a stethoscope that enables the doctor to hear the heartbeat of the fetus. The doctor moves the fetoscope around the outside of the mother's abdomen to detect and hear the heartbeat of the fetus. A Doppler Device
A doppler device uses sound waves to monitor the heartbeat of the fetus. A device called a doppler transducer is used on the outside of the abdomen to hear the heartbeat. Electronic Fetal Monitoring
There are two types of electronic fetal monitoring; external and internal. The external method uses two belts that are placed around the abdomen of the mother. One of the belts measures the fetal heart rate and the other evaluates the length and timing of contractions. Another option is internal monitoring, which requires passing an electrode through the cervix to affix it to the head of the fetus. Electronic fetal monitoring provides a consistent reading of the fetal heartbeat that will indicate any changes taking place. All forms of fetal monitoring are considered safe to both the mother and baby and are commonly used during labor. Fetal monitoring is an important tool to monitor the condition of the fetus and detect any problems during labor and delivery.

 

 

 

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