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What's continuous fetal heart monitoring? Do they have to use a scalp clip?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: See ACOG guidelines

Maternal-fetal medicine or OB doctors or nurses spend a lot of time looking at fetal heart monitoring tracings to see if there is a regular and normal heart rate, typical variability, absence of decelerations.
They might order internal monitoring if high-risk mom or if abnormalities that can be associated with fetal problems. Parents should feel free to ask if it is needed. See my guide link below.

In brief: See ACOG guidelines

Maternal-fetal medicine or OB doctors or nurses spend a lot of time looking at fetal heart monitoring tracings to see if there is a regular and normal heart rate, typical variability, absence of decelerations.
They might order internal monitoring if high-risk mom or if abnormalities that can be associated with fetal problems. Parents should feel free to ask if it is needed. See my guide link below.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Guide to monitoring: https://www.healthtap.com/health_guide/52
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