When I look at the fetal monitor, what am I actually seeing?

FHR and UCs. Ob doctors or nurses and parents spend a lot of time assessing condition of the uterus and fetus with fetal heart monitoring tracings to see if there are contractions, labor and if there is a regular and normal fetal heart rate, typical variability, absence of decelerations. Baby's parents should feel free to ask experienced providers for explanation of the testing and interpretation of results.