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How is fetal heart rate monitoring done?

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Your doctor can monitor the baby’s heartbeat one of two ways. She can listen for and record the beats from your belly. Or once your water has broken and you’re in labor, she can thread a thin wire through your cervix and attach it to your baby’s head.

From: Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 20, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 12/20/2017

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Fetal heart rate monitoring during labor,” “Special tests for monitoring fetal health.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Fetal heart monitoring.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Monitoring baby’s heart rate during labor.”

American Family Physician : “Interpretation of the electronic fetal heart rate during labor.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 20, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Fetal heart rate monitoring during labor,” “Special tests for monitoring fetal health.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Fetal heart monitoring.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Monitoring baby’s heart rate during labor.”

American Family Physician : “Interpretation of the electronic fetal heart rate during labor.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 20, 2017

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