The ability to effectively auscultate and interpret a fetal heart rate is essential for midwifery. There are three methods of auscultation – with a Pinard, a Doppler or using electronic fetal heart rate monitoring. This article focuses on intermittent auscultation using either a Pinard (fetal stethoscope) or a Doppler, as well as providing an explanation of the normal parameters for a fetal heart during the antenatal and intranatal periods.
After completing this module, you will:
Keywords and links
Antenatal care, intranatal care, abdominal palpation, history taking, triage, abdominal examination
Activities and questions at the end of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge and reflect on how you can incorporate it into your own practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you can move on to the next question. If you wish, at the end you can return for a further attempt at the questions.
Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/ revalidation portfolio.