As 289.000 mothers and 2.8 million babies die each year due to complications during labor, lack of healthy nutrition and an unhealthy birth weight, being able to monitor pregnant women and alert in case of abnormalities is critically important. This is especially the case for expectant mothers in developing countries and low resource environments (source: Unicef Wearables for Good Use Case Handbook).
Our solution is to use the Totem Health Patch to monitor fetal movements. Research shows that fetal movement is an indicator of possible complications and that it is possible to detect fetal movements using wearable sensors and algorithms:
– PubMed Health, “Management of reported decreased fetal movements during pregnancy”
– ResearchGate, “Detecting fetal movements using non-invasive accelerometers: A preliminary analysis.”
– Plos One, “Automated Software Analysis of Fetal Movement Recorded during a Pregnant Woman’s Sleep at Home”
– Whitney Aaronson et al., Carnegie Mellon University (2013), “Android-based tocodynamometer and fetal heart rate monitor” Besides monitoring fetal movement with one device, a second device can be used to monitor the pregnant woman’s vital signs (heart rate, temperature, respiration, blood pressure) and other bodily indicators (sleeping pattern, activity and movement). This way datasets can be combined to research correlation.