On the fifth week of pregnancy the heart of the unborn baby starts beating, and this fetal heartbeat is highly important for monitoring the health of the pregnant. This is what a fetal heart monitor is for.
What is a Fetal Heart Monitor?
It is also referred to as a Doppler fetal monitor. It’s a device, which helps a doctor and mother to observe the heartbeat of an unborn baby. The use of such device is an essential part of a prenatal care. The monitor is an ultra-sound transducer that uses a known Doppler effect for providing an audio replica of the baby’s heartbeat.
During the procedure of monitoring a nurse evaluates the strip for adequacy and continuity for interpretation. The task is to identify the baseline fetal rate of heart as well as the presence of variability, determining whether there are any decelerations and accelerations from the baseline. The nurse will also identify patterns of uterine contraction.
All this information allows determining whether the heart rate recording is nonreassuring, reassuring or ominous. This helps in developing a whole plan for the situation of delivering the baby in the best manner possible.