The West Wireless Health Institute has developed Sense4Baby, an electronic system that can measure fetal heart rate and uterine contractions. In contrast to traditional means of fetal monitoring which involve frequent trips to the doctor or being tethered to a hospital bed, the prototype enables users to monitor maternal and fetal wellbeing anytime and anywhere. The tool is also significantly more cost effective. Sense4Baby is easy to use and portable, and users can view the data anywhere cellular or internet service exists.
West Wireless is working on a complete kit for monitoring eclampsia and pre-eclampsia. The kit is intended to address the needs of women with high risk pregnancies particularly in low income countries and remote populations.