How Do You Monitor the Baby and Mother in Labor?
We use a handheld Doppler to listen to the baby’s heartbeat during labor on a regular schedule according to where you are in labor. The monitoring intervals become increasingly more often as you move through your labor. This is called intermittent monitoring. Research shows that listening intermittently is equally as effective as continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) in identifying problems during labor and delivery. In fact, studies show that intermittent auscultation results in lower rates of c-sections with the same neonatal outcomes.
Mother’s are monitored regularly throughout labor. Vital Signs such as Blood Pressure, Pulse and Temperature are checked often. This monitoring is done for mother and Baby at Inspiration Family Birth Center is as unobtrusively as possible. If you are out for a walk, we simply meet you on the porch to check you and your baby. Enjoying the water birth tub? No problem! All our equipment is water resistant and we will monitor you while you relax in the warm water. No need to lie in the bed on your back just to monitor mom or baby, these can be done while you are active and mobile, or relaxing in the water birth tub.