Non-Stress Test (NST)
An NST can be ordered by your care provider to evaluate the well-being of your baby prior to it undergoing the stress of labour.
An NST is a simple, non-invasive test that does not pose any physical risk to you or your baby. Your baby’s heart rate will be monitored and recorded while the baby is resting and moving. It takes approximately 20-40 minutes to complete.
This is an area where pregnant women come when referred by a physician, midwife or self-referral to assess their health or their baby's health. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and accommodates women who are over 20 weeks gestation.
Once in Triage, you will be met by one of our Triage nurses. You will be asked questions about your labour, general health and medical history. The nurse will also check your vital signs and contractions and listen to the baby’s heart rate, which will be done on a regular basis throughout your labour. While in Triage, a resident or medical student will do a quick history and physical to determine whether you are ready for admission to the labour floor. You will be transferred to a labour/birthing room once you are in established active labour. If you are in early labour, you may be asked to go home for a time. If you live far away from the hospital, you may be able to stay in the early labour lounge.
If rhogam has been ordered by your care provider, it will be administered to you by a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Birthing Centre.