Monitoring the fetal heart rate is a vital part of all pregnancies and deliveries. The following video discusses methods for monitoring your child’s heart rate from home during your pregnancy.
Monitoring the heart rate during delivery is critical because abnormalities in the heart rate can indicate fetal distress and a lack of oxygen. If the child is in distress the doctor should take immediate action to avoid serious injuries including brain damage and cerebral palsy.
For a more detailed discussion on fetal heart rate monitoring and cerebral palsy please see my previous post by typing “fetal monitoring” in the search box of my blog.