Electronic fetal monitoring uses special equipment to measure the response of the fetuss heart rate to contractions of the uterus it provides an ongoing record that can be read your ob gyn or other health care professional will review the electronic recording of the fetuss heartbeat called the fetal heart rate tracing at set times. Electronic fetal heart monitoring is not a substitute for appropriate professional nursing care and support of women in labor perinatal rns are responsible for fhm and this responsibility may not be delegated to personnel without requisite assessment skills and scope of practice. Fetal heart monitoring is part of every pregnancy checkup its combined with other tests for a closer look if you have diabetes high blood pressure or other conditions that could cause . The association of womens health obstetric and neonatal nurses awhonn asserts that the availability of registered nurses rns and other health care professionals who are skilled in fetal heart monitoring fhm techniques including auscultation and electronic fetal monitoring efm is essential to maternal and fetal well being during antepartum care labor and birth. The electronic fetal heart rate monitoring program introduces a comprehensive systematic evidence based approach to standardized intrapartum fetal heart rate interpretation and management that reflects consensus in the medical literature is practical and teachable
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