Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring during Pregnancy

When I went into labor, I went to motherhood but, once there, no dilation progressed. The doctor referred me to an examination to monitor the baby’s heart rate and see if everything was all right with him. Thanks to this monitoring, we have seen that-Yes, everything was OK and if I wanted to, I could go home and wait for the time of Leo. Trusted doctor, came back and waited, without problems. Happy life. It’s just that I didn’t even know it was exam what I had done.

Five years later, days ago to be exact, I get the material about the “Project Tum Tum”, a campaign of crowdfunding (feasibility of projects through collective donations) that is raising funds for the Amparo Maternal (philanthropic Association, which takes care of pregnant women and babies in a State of social vulnerability). The funds intended for the purchase of two cardiotocógrafos, essential equipment to monitor the fetal heart rate. Hence, I thought that this was something really important to the fetus. But, to be honest, I didn’t know what it was that unit and what it can do for the baby’s life. Searching–guess what? -I found that it was this device that you checked the health of Leonardo when went into labor. And it was he who helped the doctor to “liberate” me to wait for the dream natural childbirth-safely!

If you hadn’t heard in cardiotógrafo, here’s a summary of what he is: an essential device to monitor the health of pregnant women and baby, ensuring delivery and healthy life! What does he do? Detects the frequency of fetal heart rate and uterine contractions. How does it work? Electrodes connected to a monitor is placed on the mother’s belly and, for 20 or 30 minutes, the appliance logs continuously to heart rate and movements, as well as the presence and duration of contractions. At the end of the examination, the appliance generates a report in chart form, to be interpreted by the expert.

This unit is essential to monitor the conditions and the baby’s heart rate, being essential to ensure delivery and healthy life! Are used, for example, to check the fetal distress in labor, in the weeks leading up to delivery, and in specific cases you know? Only cost money: the two units that the Amparo Maternal need cost real 37,200.

Hence the importance of Project Tum-Tum, who was born to help the organisation to raise funds for the purchase of cardiotocógrafos. Even more because the entity helps pregnant women who can’t afford to pay for health insurance or doctors and private hospitals.

So I invite you (without gaining anything by that, of course!) to participate in the action, disseminating or donating an amount. Donations can be made through crowdfunding, on the campaign page, where you can also see how much has been raised, among other details.

Each donor will receive a kind of appreciation of Amparo Maternal, since custom posts on Facebook of the entity to beautiful postcards and badges. These “Awards” symbolic vary according to the donated values. To encourage the public to make donations, has a humorous video in which babies and children up to 7 years struggle to pronounce complicated word “cardiotocógrafo”. Check it out!

Is an association that is dedicated to monitor and take in pregnant women, mothers and babies in a State of social vulnerability, ensuring special attention and decent medical care. Today, the Association conducts more than 7,000 births a year and relies on the help of volunteers and donors to follow fulfilling your mission.

Care – 100% SUS to the pregnant woman and the baby;

-Voted one of the best in Brazil public maternity hospitals by Parents Magazine & Sons;

-Awarded “Women friendly Hospital-Dr. Pinotti” by the Chamber of Deputies;

-Considered as a reference in maternal health in the program “8 Millennium development goals of the UN – United Nations”.

– More than 7000 births per year;