Electronic fetal monitoring is utilized to determine whether or not a fetus receives sufficient oxygen in a pregnant woman, among other purposes. As a result of electronic fetal monitoring, fetal heart tracings are generated. In the past, fetal tracings were kept on a printed strip, though today they are stored electronically. Fetal heart tracings show both the fetus’ heart rate as well as the mother’s contractions.
There are certain “patterns” that are created when comparing the mother’s contractions with the fetus’ heart rate. Obstetricians should look for appropriate reactivity and other patterns that indicate the possibility of fetal distress.?
Oxygen deprivation is extremely dangerous for a fetus. It creates complications such as cerebral palsy and possible fetal death. In the event of an unfortunate neonatal complication, the Patberg Law Firm has retained experts to review these tracings to determine whether an obstetrician should have recognized that there was a potential and treatable medical condition. The Patberg Law Firm has extensive experience in gathering, evaluating and reading fetal heart tracings.
Every baby and mother have the right to be safe and protected in their medical treatment. One of these protections is electronic fetal monitoring. If you, a friend or family member have experienced an unfortunate birth trauma and wonder whether or not appropriate electronic fetal monitoring was performed, please contact Attorney Rolf Patberg at the Patberg Law Firm at 412-232-3500 or E-Mail Attorney Patberg at Rpatberg@patberglawfirm.com.