The umbilical cord is the baby’s life line, so prolonged cord compression is problematic ...
Early decelerations are common; they generally indicate head compression.
Increased variability or variance in fetal heart rate may signal fetal distress. I discuss it here.
Labor & delivery caregivers would interpret the fetal heart rate in this strip as minimally variable. See what that means and what to do about it.
Normal fetal heart rate is 110 to 160 with variance (called variability in caregiver terms) of 6 to 25 beats per minute from baseline.
Deviations in fetal heart rate may signal fetal stress or fetal distress, which is the central reason nurses, midwives and doctors use fetal monitoring during labor and delivery.
When uterine contractions are too intense and too frequent, fetal distress may occur.
You’ll remember in Uterine Contractions Part One I discussed contraction intensity. When labor is not progressing satisfactorily ...
When it comes to uterine contractions its all about duration, frequency and intensity.
Monitoring during labor and delivery - intermittent or continuous?
One of the important questions for doctors and midwives is whether to monitor intermittently or continuously mindful of the goal, which is of course a healthy, happy baby.
I recently made the case for taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement daily. I didn't, however, discuss, "How should I select a micronutrient supplement?"