85th Anniversary - ArchivesJuly 2019

From the archives: The beat goes on in Obstetrics

The JGH was at the forefront of obstetrical care in 1967, when it became the first hospital in Montreal to install a fetal heart monitoring system.

The equipment enabled a microphone to be affixed to the abdomen of a dozen pregnant women and to have the fetuses’ heartbeats monitored at a central nursing station. Healthcare staff could listen to the unborn baby through an amplifier or watch the heartbeat on an oscilloscope.

In addition, the upper and lower limits of normal fetal heartbeats were registered on a cardiotachometer, whose alarm sounded if any of the heartbeats crossed the limits.


The Jewish General Hospital’s 85th anniversary is an ideal occasion to take a glimpse into the past. By remembering the extraordinary efforts of the hospital’s founders, supporters, staff and volunteers, we honour the enduring legacy of the JGH.

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