A hospital in Pennsylvania, in the United States, has installed six monitoring devices--each costing 7,000 dollars (3,000 sterling)--to enable mothers and doctors to listen to a baby's heartbeat.
CU & SV PAN Mother on bed with monitoring device on her (3 shots)
SCU Graph of monitor
SCU Apparatus on stomach of patient
GV & SV Doctor walks to bed talks with mother (4 shots)
SV PAN Nurses at special station checking movements of monitor
SV PAN Masked doctors operating with machine at childbirth (3 shots)
SV Woman sitting in chair with child.
"Mother in a Pennsylvania hospital listens to the heartbeats and movements of her unborn child. The new 7,000 dollar monitoring device and there are six at Crocher Chester Medical Centre uses ultra-high frequency sound waves to hear the baby's heart. Obstetricians say mothers like to the sound before delivery,it assures them the child will be all right.
TRANSCRIPT: MOTHER: "You know the baby's there, but you don't realise (INDISTINCT) so much activity is going on(INDISTINCT)."
"At a nurses station a memory system keeps track of the baby's heart and the mother's labour. The slightest change sets off an alarm and a nurse checks to see if the child is in trouble.The mother's uterus may be contracting in labour, crushing the baby's blood supply through the umbilical cord. The device monitors right up to the moment of delivery. If the baby's heart slows down,doctors can change the position of the mother or give her oxygen;if this fails, they have no more than 15 minutes to deliver the child by Caesarian section or it will die."
DOCTOR: (BEGINNING INDISTINCT) "Good...ready for observation. I would like to have to deliver your baby, foetal heart monitoring and tracing is showing a pattern which we fell is indicative of the baby being compromised somewhat. I am now going to apply these mid forceps and we're going to deliver the baby so as to avoid any potential complications. Now you'll feel a little pressure, and the baby's heart is holding well, good. We're still trying decelerations, okay. Fine. Very good. I think you have a good baby, everything seems to be good."
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Background: A hospital in Pennsylvania, in the United States, has installed six monitoring devices--each costing 7,000 dollars (3,000 sterling)--to enable mothers and doctors to listen to a baby's heartbeat.
Obstetricians say mothers like to listen to the sound before delivery, to be assured the baby is in functioning condition. For doctors and nurses, the slightest trouble can be located if the device changes tone.