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If clinically appropriate, consider 1) a cervical check to assess the progress of labor and 2) fetal scalp stimulation to assess for FHR acceleration (Digital scalp stimulation is performed by vigorously rubbing the fetal scalp for 15 sec using an examining finger.
When a Category II tracing is identified, a fetal scalp stimulation test may help identify fetuses in which acid-base status is normal.
When a Category II FHR tracing is observed, a fetal scalp stimulation test may help define fetal acid-base status.