What Is A 'Nonreassuring' Fetal Heart Rate?

Doctors classify fetal heart rates as reassuring or nonreassuring. If a child has a nonreassuring heart rate, the doctor must take immediate steps to protect the baby's health.

At the law firm of Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst in Oklahoma City, we have a dedicated legal team to represent families affected by birth injuries. If your child's injury was caused by improper fetal heart rate monitoring, we will seek the compensation your family will need to meet the challenges ahead. To discuss your case with a lawyer at our firm, call 800-539-0652.

Examples Of Reassuring And Nonreassuring Heart Rates

A reassuring heart rate is strong and regular. A regular heartbeat is associated with fetal well-being. A healthy baby's heart rate may have periodic accelerations or decelerations lasting less than 30 seconds. Decelerations may mirror contractions.

Examples of a fetal heart rate that is not reassuring include:

  • A rate of less than 110 beats per minute
  • A rate of more than 160 beats per minute
  • A rate does not increase by 15 beats per minute during a nonstress test
  • A rate that drops far below its baseline rate when the fetus moves

When the heart rate is nonreassuring, the fetus may be in distress. Your baby may have problems with the umbilical cord, or partial placental abruption. He or she may be unable to cope with the stress of labor, and the mother may need an emergency cesarean section.

Our attorneys work with experts who can review your child's fetal heart monitoring and determine if your delivery doctor responded appropriately.

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