Labor & Delivery
Getting Started

Fetal heart rate monitoring is a procedure used to evaluate the well-being of the fetus by assessing the rate and rhythm of the fetal heartbeat. The fetal heart rate may change as the fetus responds to conditions in the uterus. An abnormal fetal heart rate or pattern may indicate that the fetus is not getting enough oxygen.

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You may worry that you won't be able to handle the pain of labor. These tips may help:

  • Use the breathing and relaxation techniques you learned in childbirth class.

  • Take a warm shower or bath.

  • Use heat and cold for relief.

  • Try different positions during labor to get comfortable.

  • Listen to music. 

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