Fetal Monitoring: What You Need to Know

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Pregnancy Fetal Monitor Sensors on Woman
Legally reviewed by:
Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
June 25, 2023

Giving birth can be exciting, scary, and often involves a whole village. When you are giving birth, you have chosen a medical facility and group of medical professionals that you trust to help you get the job done. This includes fetal monitoring, which is the process of checking in on the fetus’s heart rate during labor and the birthing process. This is done by a few different methods, depending on the specialist. 

Fetal monitoring helps to track the health and position of the baby and can also help inform the birthing process. Failure to properly monitor or assess the results can result in a devastating birth injury to child and mother. If your family has fallen victim to a fetal monitoring medical malpractice accident, the team at Davis & Davis is here to help. With the sensitivity and expertise required, we will ensure your family gets the compensation needed to move forward from your incident. 

Why Is Fetal Monitoring Important?

Fetal monitoring is done to keep the baby and mother safe during the birthing process. The act of fetal heart monitoring can help to detect changes in the infant’s heart rate. By accurately assessing the results, your healthcare professional can either continue the labor and birthing process or work to prevent any difficulties from occurring. Monitoring can be done through auscultation or through electronic equipment. Auscultation is the process of periodically listening to the fetal heartbeat with a stethoscope or Doppler transducer. 

Electronic fetal monitoring uses equipment to provide a constant record of the fetal heart rate to read. When your doctor is constantly monitoring your child’s heart rate, they are severely decreasing the likelihood of any complications. 

What Happens When Fetal Monitoring Is Done Incorrectly

When fetal heart rate monitoring is not used correctly or the results are not assessed properly due to your medical care provider’s negligence, your child can run the risk of birth injuries. This can include a child who is delivered too soon, too late, or by an unnecessary alternative method, like cesarean section. This lapse in medical judgment can cause extreme discomfort and long-lasting physical and emotional side effects to both the child and mother. 

Birth injuries can range from temporary to permanent, life-long disorders and can occasionally take a long period of time to reveal themselves. When your expected standard of care is broken by a negligent doctor, you are left with the expensive aftermath. Davis & Davis is here to help you hold the liable parties accountable and help your family get access to the damages necessary to give your child the best possible care. 

Have You Been Affected by Medical Malpractice Due to Incorrect Fetal Monitoring? A Dedicated Attorney Can Help

Don’t try to fight this breach of care alone. Davis & Davis has served our community for many years now and has a combined experience of over 65 years. While we proudly reside in Texas, our clients are nationwide. Our team of attorneys possesses the compassion and knowledge needed to help you win your case and get you the most possible compensation for your child’s injuries. We know that sometimes, financial compensation is the only route to a viable future, which is why we fight so hard. 

Join the over 300 jury trials and previous clients we have helped today by calling our office at (888) 522-9444 or filling out our online contact form. Case evaluations are free, and we will work alongside you every step of the way.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

June 25 2023

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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