The Benefits of Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring

No pregnancy is risk free, but some are especially high-risk. Women who suffer from life long chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, blood disorders, kidney disease, depression, HIV or AIDS, lupus, or thyroid disease may be particularly susceptible to a high-risk pregnancy.

Just because your pregnancy has been deemed high-risk however doesn’t mean that you can’t give birth to a healthy baby. One of the best ways to monitor your pregnancy is through the process of fetal heart monitoring.

Fetal heart rate monitoring is the measurement of the heart rate and rhythm of your baby. And, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “your healthcare provider may do fetal heart monitoring during late pregnancy and labor. The average fetal heart rate is between 110 and 160 beats per minute. It can vary by 5 to 25 beats per minute. The fetal heart rate may change as your baby responds to conditions in your uterus. An abnormal fetal heart rate may mean that your baby is not getting enough oxygen or that there are other problems...Fetal heart rate monitoring may be used to check how preterm labor medicines are affecting your baby. These medicines are used to help keep labor from starting too early.”

Fortunately, at MFI Medical we carry an extensive selection of fetal monitors and accessories to ensure every baby receives the best possible care.

Edan SonoTrax Pro Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor

This Edan fetal heart monitor is equipped with a waterproof interchangeable probe of your choice (recommended standard: 3 MHz), a normal carry case, a backlight, audio playback, and audio output which can be connected with earphones or a recorder. The 2 and/or 3 MHz waterproof probes are recommended for the detection of fetal heart rate from early gestation through delivery and as a general indication of fetal well being. They can also be used to verify fetal heart viability following patient trauma. The 4 and/or 8 MHz waterproof vascular probes are designed for the detection of blood flow in veins and arteries to assist in the detection of peripheral vascular disease.

Edan SonoTrax Lite Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor

Simple to use with an ergonomic, compact design, this first-rate Lite Edan monitor also features your choice of interchangeable probes, the standard 3 MHz probe is recommended. Capable of both automatic and manual FHR (fetal heart rate) counting, it provides accurate FHR detection with a clear sound. The 2 and/or 3 MHz and the 4, 5, and/or 8 MHz probes serve the same function as those probes do with the Edan SonoTrax Pro Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor.

Edan SonoTrax II Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor

Capable of up to four hours continuous work, the Edan SonoTrax II Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor can be switched between three working modes - real-time, average, and manual. It features a blue backlight, battery indication, and probe frequency detection in addition to providing accurate FHR detection with a high-fidelity sound effect. The probes once again serve the same function as they do with the other Edan fetal baby heart monitors.

Corometrics 172 Fetal Monitor (Twins) - Certified Pre-Owned

Thanks to the two included ultrasound transducers, the Corometrics 172 Fetal Monitor is ideally suited for monitoring twins. Designed for the monitoring of the fetus during the antepartum period as well as throughout labor and delivery, the 172 is compact and light weight and provides the same high-quality fetal monitoring features Corometrics is known for. The wide beam 9-crystal Nautilus optional watertight ultrasound transducers acquire the signal quickly and easily to provide an accurate fetal heart rate. The Nautilus optional watertight Toco transducer on the other hand features no protruding “button” making it more comfortable for the patient and easy to keep clean.

CooperSurgical F9 Fetal Monitor

A complete kit, the CooperSurgical F9 Fetal Monitor gives caregivers access to real time evaluations. It comes complete with event markers and audible alerts for cases when the heart rate veers from the limits set by the user and it can even indicate when multiple heart rate signals are detected to overlap to monitor twins for convenience and efficiency. Plus, it even stores recordings and data for up to 24 hours and has the ability to transfer or print results for records.


MFI Medical makes it easy for you to get even more out of your fetal monitor by offering a wide range of top-of-the-line accessories such as the Huntleigh Fetal Monitor Wall Bracket, the CooperSurgical F9 Fetal Monitor Recording Paper (3/Pack), and more.

Now that you know a little bit about why fetal monitoring may be necessary and its benefits, you’re ready to invest in one of the top-quality models available at MFI today. Visit our specials page to take advantage of current promotions or contact one of our industry experts at (800) 633-1558 if you have any further questions.


Editor’s Note: Information, prices, and products are subject to change. Please visit product listings or contact MFI for most up to date information.

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