Healthcare and Utah University Promote Further Knowledge on Fetal Monitoring

October 31, 2011

Experts in the University of Utah and Intermountain Medical Center published a study in the October journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, stating that there is a need for more understanding of the fetal monitoring results. According to the study, fetal monitoring, although having been practiced since the early 90’s, hasn’t helped to reduce the number of newborn babies developing cerebral palsy.

Marc Jackson, Intermountain OB-GYN and lead author of the study, reported that in an effort to reduce birth trauma causing abnormality, specialists should look into how fetal monitoring can further help track any abnormalities with the pregnancy. “We aren’t recommending abandoning monitoring. We just need to do it better,” Jackson reported.

Doctors use fetal monitors to track the pregnancy of their patients. Now using the classification system developed in 2008 by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Child Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, doctors determine heartbeat patterns through categories.

Category III alerts doctors to closely examine the fetus in the womb while Category II heartbeats fall into indeterminate conditions among babies. Category II appears in 22 percent of births but goes up to a significant 39 percent during the end of labor. Babies that spend less than 50 percent of time in Category II have the same outcomes as Category I births. The amount of time that a baby spends in Category II determines their outcomes.

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Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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