What role does oxytocin play in monitoring my baby?

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During your pregnancy, the doctor may want to closely monitor your baby's heart rate to make sure the baby can get enough oxygen during labor contractions. Oxytocin will be given to you so that you can begin contractions. Then, the doctor will be able to check the baby's heart rate. Talk to your doctor about the contraction stress tests, and others you may need during your pregnancy.

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