How Does It Work?
The tracking or tracing of the baby’s heart rate (as well as the mom’s) has been common in the United States for almost fifty years in order to make sure everyone is doing fine during labor and delivery. It is also common for doctors and nurses to be interested in measuring the timing of your contractions to see how your labor is progressing. Today, almost 75% of patients in labor at the hospital are monitored using sensors held on by belts and straps that record these important measurements (baby’s heart rate, mom’s heart rate and contractions). Many moms have complained that these sensors with their belts and straps are uncomfortable and generally keep you in the bed since the straps and wires are connected to monitors that sit next to the bed. Simple tasks such as bathroom trips, walking around and bouncing on a ball during labor are difficult. Sometimes, extremely overweight moms are even tougher to monitor due to the extra tissue around the belly and undesirable alternatives are required. These alternatives involve your doctor putting a special tube ( pressure measuring catheter) into your uterus to measure contractions and/or may involve putting a sensor on your baby’s head to collect the baby’s heart rate. These devices are even more limiting and can make leaving the bed more difficult.
To solve these problems, OBMedical has developed LaborView to measure contractions along with both you and your baby’s heart rate. LaborView works with an array of simple sticker like pads placed on your abdomen. Once placed, the pads measure and transmit all three signals to the bedside monitor via bluetooth while allowing you to walk around, bounce on the ball, use the bathroom or sit in a chair without any wires tying you to the bed.
LaborView works better for overweight moms than external monitors and can help avoid the use of undesirable monitors inside your uterus.
We think you will like the freedom to walk and move that LaborView provides, and your nurses will not have to bother you so much with moving the belts and straps to constantly adjust the old wired sensors.