24 August 1999
The leading medical charity, Action Research, is today unveiling a unique piece of technology designed to read the heart rate of an unborn child.
A demonstration of the monitor will be held throughout the Prima Baby Show at stand 620 in the birth section. This news coincides with National Pregnancy Week (28th Aug - 3rd Sept).
The prototype - a portable fetal and maternal heart rate recorder - can be worn by an expectant mother in her own home thus saving the need for a lengthy hospital stay.
The device could be useful in diagnosing problems in cases where the mother has reported her baby has stopped moving around; for women who suffer from diabetes or where the baby has a central nervous system problem or cardiac abnormality.
At just the size of a pocket `Walkman’ it is hoped that women will be able to walk while wearing it.
Medical experts at the University of Nottingham will be holding clinical trials to look at the benefits of the recorder and the data produced for monitoring high risk pregnancies.
Doctor John Crowe, of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering said: ``Potentially, it will help save lives of babies and in some cases, mothers, who are at risk. We are now very close to producing a viable and useful monitor. My thanks to Action Research for believing in our work.’’