Electronic Fetal Monitoring

OBGYN Jay Goldberg, MD, explains what electronic fetal monitoring is, how it is done and how electronic fetal monitoring is used to asses the progression of labor
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Electronic Fetal Monitoring

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Internal or electronic fetal monitoring, we usually have two – in our hospital, we have two devices that are used. One is called a Fetal Scalp Electrode and it’s a monitor that actually does attach to the baby superficially and it allows you to pick up the baby’s heart rate. Sometimes, in certain people, or in certain situations, it’s difficult to get the heartbeat on the external monitor, so we use an internal monitor. There’s another monitor called the Intrauterine Pressure Catheter that picks up contractions – the true intensity of a contraction. The external monitor may not be so accurate in doing so. Your doctor will use their judgment as to when they think it’s safe and appropriate to use those to help progress the labor or to help assess the progression of the labor. They are safe, they are utilized and your doctor is going to make their judgment call as to whether or not they should be used.

OBGYN Jay Goldberg, MD, explains what electronic fetal monitoring is, how it is done and how electronic fetal monitoring is used to asses the progression of labor

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Jay Goldberg, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Dr. Jay Goldberg is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Goldberg earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1996 after completing his undergraduate education at the University of California-San Diego. His internship and residency training took place at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles.

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