Fetal Heart Monitoring

Electronic fetal heart rate monitoring allows doctors and nurses to assess the well-being of a fetus and differentiate fetal stress from distress in "real time." It can provide early warning of impending problems and allow obstetricians to respond appropriately, perhaps with emergency Cesarean section.

Fetal heart monitoring has significantly reduced perinatal mortality and morbidity.

Obstetrical nurses are expected to be trained in the interpretation of fetal heart monitor strips and be able to differentiate a reassuring strip from one that is worrisome. During labor, they are responsible for monitoring the fetal heart tones, and they are responsible for keeping the obstetrician advised about the patterns on the strip. The nurses are the obstetrician's "eyes and ears" until the obstetrician is called to come to bedside.

Sometimes, though, a nurse may fail to notice a dangerous pattern on the monitor strip. They may not recognize a decrease in "variability," the normal changes in the beat-to-beat heart rate, or, may not see "late decelerations," which are never normal and, if persistent, can signal fetal distress. When nurses fail to respond appropriately, the results can be disastrous. When a baby suffers brain damage because of something such as the umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck, the injury is called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).

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