Donor Gift Brings New Fetal Monitoring Equipment to NHCH
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Expectant mothers at NHCH will now have a more comfortable, convenient experience thanks to a generous gift from Don and Anne Wood.  The Woods contributed $130,000 to NHCH to cover the cost of acquiring a new state-of-the-art fetal monitoring system in our Family Birthing Unit. 

The new fetal monitoring system includes six Philips Avalon CTS stationary monitors and three portable fetal monitors.  Not only does this new system offer upgraded technology, but now moms can shower, take a bath or walk around while still monitoring a baby with the portable monitors.   

Fetal monitoring allows our Family Birthing Unit midwives and nurses to monitor a baby’s heartbeat in the uterus during labor.  Fetal monitoring involves the use of an electronic fetal heart rate monitor to record the baby's heart rate. Elastic belts are used to hold sensors against a pregnant woman's abdomen. These sensors are connected to a monitor and detect the baby's heart rate as well as contractions. The monitor then records the fetal heart rate and contractions on a strip of paper.

“Thanks to the generous support of Don and Anne Wood, the new state-of-the-art fetal monitors enable us to provide a more complete and convenient experience for our patients,” says Kathi Meyer, Director of NHCH’s Family Birthing Unit.

Don and Anne Wood’s generous donation to fund a new fetal monitoring system will positively impact many lives.  Last year, the NHCH Family Birthing Unit welcomed over 660 babies, including 9 sets of twins.