What is the initial monitoring performed when a woman is in labor?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Sarah Hagood Milton, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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High-risk pregnancies can account for up to 80% of all perinatal morbidity and mortality. The remaining perinatal complications arise in pregnancies without identifiable risk factors for adverse outcomes. [31] Therefore, all pregnancies require a thorough evaluation of risks and close surveillance. As soon as the mother arrives at the Labor and Delivery suite, external tocometric monitoring for the onset and duration of uterine contractions and use of a Doppler device to detect fetal heart tones and rate should be started.

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