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Portable device enables pregnant women to monitor baby's health

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 01:27

Scientists in Poland have developed a fetal heart monitor that can be used on the move, so pregnant women can monitor the heart rate and movement of their unborn child. Liane Wimhurst reports.

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Scientists in Poland have invented Pregnabit, a mobile version of a foetal heart monitor Currently pregnant women only really know their child is ok at the hospital This device hopes to change that (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) PREGNABIT INVENTOR, PATRYCJA WIZINSKA-SOCHA, SAYING: "The idea of a mobile CTG (cardiotocograph) appeared when a real situation touched us personally, one of our friends had a still birth. After that we checked the data, both in Poland and globally, and it turned out that the perinatal death rate is high and I am strongly convinced that we can decrease it Pregnabit fits into a small case and can be used on the move It tracks foetal heart rate and movement, and contractions of the uterus (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) CO-INVENTOR OF THE PREGNABIT DEVICE, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER, ANNA SKOTNY, SAYING: "A woman can take the device home with her, send the results at any time day or night and our medical staff - midwives and doctors - will get back to her with information, in case of danger they will give guidance." Scientists at Nestmedic hope to build a web interface for patients to see their history They're still testing Pregnabit but say the first fifty devices should be available soon.

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Portable device enables pregnant women to monitor baby's health

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 01:27