The fetal monitor
is sometimes used in prenatal care, though more often for late pregnancy fetal surveillance like the non-stress test
or in labor
. This can be done with the external monitor as seen in the photo, or with an internal fetal monitor. It also has the ability to monitor contractions. It does use ultrasound technology and does not require someone to stay with the machine while it operates. This is not always a benefit for women and their families.