The Fetal Heart Rate Handbook

This handbook for nurses, midwives, doctors and students will help you to:

  • understand the fetus during labour
  • monitor the fetal heart rate and identify fetal stress
  • assess the fetal condition during labour
  • assess fetal heart rate patterns
  • use a partogram
  • manage fetal distress.

The Fetal Heart Rate Handbook was written to accompany the wind-up fetal heart rate monitor developed in partnership by Power-free Education and Technology.

  • Full title: The Fetal Heart Rate Handbook:
  • Author(s): David Woods
  • Print ISBN: 978-1-920218-18-8
  • Reflowable ebook ISBN: 978-1-920218-18-8
  • PDF-ebook ISBN: 978-1-920218-18-8


The Fetal Heart Rate Handbook was written by the members of Power-free Education and Technology (PET), and edited by Professor David Woods. PET is a not-for-profit organisation in South Africa which aims to improve healthcare in under resourced countries through the development of appropriate power-independent medical devices together with associated education material. Most of the content of the handbook was taken from the Maternal Care and Intrapartum Care course books of the Perinatal Education Programme.

PET wishes to thank Professors Gerhard Theron, Bob Pattinson and Justus Hofmeyr who reviewed the handbook. Their expertise in fetal monitoring and wise advice is greatly appreciated.

The Fetal Heart Rate Handbook was specifically written to accompany the Philips wind-up fetal heart rate monitor which was developed in partnership with PET.

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