Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring During Labor

Every year more than 4 million babies are born in the United States. To ensure the health of the prenatal infant, electronic monitoring is used when an expecting mother arrives at the hospital, until she has given birth. During this monitoring, the ultrasound transducer and tocometer are held in place using very basic bands and belts.

Unfortunately, these means of securing the devices are neither efficient nor comfortable for the laboring women. The current obstetric bands, used in many hospitals, tend to bunch up during labor. This causes a great amount of discomfort to the mother. The tocometer, which measures uterine contractions, and the ultrasound transducer, which tracks the fetal heart rate, must be fastened securely to the mother’s belly during labor to ensure accurate readings.

When selecting a Belly Band for your patient, consider those that stretch vertically and horizontally. This multi-directional stretch dramatically increases patient comfort as it creates a breathable second skin. At the same time, it provides multilateral compression, which results in better and more secure placement of the transducer and tocometer, thereby avoiding false readings for the nurses in the hospital.

Further Reading: https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Fetal-Heart-Rate-Monitoring-During-Labor

Sylvie V