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Fetal Monitoring

Fetal monitoring refers to ongoing tracing of a baby's heart rate during pregnancy.

Patients must be pre-registered for delivery at BC Women's to attend this clinic

When you visit your doctor, they are able to listen to the baby's heartbeat and count the number of beats per minute. If more information is needed, you may be asked to come for fetal monitoring, also called a Non-Stress Test (NST).

The pattern of a baby's heartbeat oftern reflects the baby's condition. This test provides an ongoing tracing of the heart rate and may also show the contractions you could be experiencing. The certified Perinatal Nurse who performs your test will explain everything to you. They will evaluate the results and consult a physician if needed during your test. Your doctor or Midwife will be updated with the results of the NST. Further appointments may be booked depending on the reason for your referral and the individual results.


Please bring your BC Care Card and Photo ID to your appointment.  
We are a scent-free clinic - please do not use scented products such as cologne/perfume, lotions, hair products when you come to the clinic in order to protect those patients/staff who are sensitive to these.

Appointments usually take 45 minutes. Your test may be shorter or longer, depending on your baby's activiey at the time of the test.

If you have other appointments at the hospital, we will do our best to coordinate your visits. No special preparation is required and you may eat and drink as per your normal routine.  You may want to have a drink/water or snack with you. You will also be more comfortable if you empty your bladder before the test.

Our Team

When you visit the Fetal Monitoring Clinic you may meet the following Health Care Professionals:

Registration & Scheduling Clerk

Fetal Monitoring Nurse - Perinatal Nurse specially trained to provide monitoring and interpret results of test

Sonographer - specially trained Imaging Technologist

Perinatologist - Physician specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Research Staff - approved by WHRI and/or CFRI

Clinical Students - clerks, sonographers, nurses, doctors
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