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Monitoring Your Baby’s Heartbeat During Labor (AAN)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Procedures
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Academy of Nursing
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 06/19/2015
Doctors, nurses, and midwives check your baby during labor and birth with a fetal heart rate monitor. There are two ways to do this. The type of monitoring called IA, for intermittent auscultation, is often the better choice. You may want to ask for it if you have a low risk for problems during labor.