Fetal heart rate monitoring: a practical guide

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Oxford University Press, Aug 26, 1993 - Medical - 326 pages
The benefit of fetal heart rate monitoring during labor is the subject of fierce debate. This practical guide is an updated edition of the original work by the Ingemarssons, and has been adapted for an international audience by John Spencer. The book is written in the belief that correct use and interpretation of the technique is of vital importance in establishing its value in surveillance. The authors first discuss the physiological mechanisms influencing fetal heart rate and the general principles of monitoring. They then describe the patterns found in a range of clinical situations, using numerous illustrations of traces to aid recognition and interpretation. Throughout, the book draws upon up-to-date research findings as well as the authors' personal experience to encourage rational use of the technique. This is an ideal introductory text to the practice of fetal heart rate monitoring which will be of value to obstetricians, midwives, and all staff on the maternity unit.

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Technical aspects of fetal heart rate monitoring
Maternal and fetal acidbase balance
Uterine activity

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