Problem We Are Solving
As we were developing a pregnancy home monitoring system, we’ve realized that as much as 80% of pregnant women ask questions about pregnancy on social networks and search online for medical advice.
Their biggest concern is: “What is going inside?”
Future moms can have great physicians, but doctors cannot monitor their patients 24/7. So, the problem is, how can a pregnant woman check that her baby is ok from home, in between the examinations. At the moment, the available solutions are either big expensive pregnancy monitoring devices or very simple apps that cannot provide much information.
That is why we have developed our own solution – BabyWatch.
What is Babywatch Mobile App for iPhone?
Babywatch Mobile App for iPhone is a pocket-sized ultrasound Doppler, and a mobile application which makes it possible for you to hear and visualize your unborn baby’s heartbeat. In other words, you can check up on your baby anytime, anywhere!
-Hear and Visualize your baby’s heartbeat’
-Track, plan and organize your prenatal care
-Watch amazing medical fetal illustrations
-Calculate all relevant dates in your pregnancy
BabyWatch Doppler is a low-cost quantified self device (a device collecting data and then performing visualization and cross referencing) with FDA and CE approvals.
But BabyWatch is special, because it is not only a pregnancy home monitoring system; it’s a whole new interactive experience! That is why we’ve added features that enable you to share those emotions with your loved ones. You can even upload your baby’s heart beat on our GlobalBeat to share it with the whole world.
We have tested BabyWatch with several pregnant women in the last few months and the results and feedback were amazing.
Opinion by Tanja Premru-Sršen MD, PhD.
The moving of her baby is the only sign that reassures mom-to-be that her baby is doing well. Women probably won’t feel their baby’s movement until sometime between 16th and 22nd week. Women that were pregnant before tend to notice first subtle kicks earlier than in the first pregnancy. Normal weighted women feel their baby’s moves earlier and stronger then overweighted women. Although a baby is moving and kicking regularly, many of its jerks and jolts aren’t yet strong enough for pregnant women to feel. At first there are only a few kicks and they are usually far apart. In fact, women may feel several movements one day and then none the next.
But later, in the second trimester, those reassuring kicks become stronger and more regular. Every baby has its own pattern of activity. When pregnant women share their experiences with their friends, they can differ and some of them worry.
Baby Watch is an ultrasound device that can detect fetal heartbeat even before mom-to-be can feel her baby’s movements. Listening to her baby’s heartbeat with normal frequency can reassure her that her baby is doing well also in later pregnancy when her baby already develops its pattern of activity.
Listening to baby’s heartbeat will make her less concerned for her baby’s well being.
How does it work?
The Baby Watch device works using a fetal Doppler transducer. The Doppler transducer uses sound waves to reproduce motion, such as the fetal heartbeat, as signals that can be heard and visualized. When the transducer is pressed against your abdomen you can hear the baby’s heartbeat and observe it on the connected phone’s screen. The app removes noise from the signal, calculates the heartbeat and visualizes it on the screen of your smartphone.
The first time you can hear the baby’s heartbeat varies from one expecting mother to another. In general, you should be able to measure your baby’s heartbeat with BabyWatch since sometime between 12th and 16th week.
The sound and visualization of the heartbeat can then be shared by email, via social networks or on our global BabyWatchBeat.com site.
All these functions are incorporated within a functional app that provides all relevant data interpretation, along with organizational tools in order to fully alleviate the stress that occurs in highly unpredictable periods like pregnancy.
Is it safe?
Safety and health of expecting moms and their newborns are our highest priority. This is why BabyWatch has been tested and has received all needed medical certificates from the FDA and CE for worldwide usage.
It is important to understand the differences between the hand-held fetal doppler and a sonograph (2D, 3D, or 4D ultrasound). The exposure to ultrasound in sonography (which uses a 3-10mghz transducer) is much higher than that in a hand-held fetal doppler system, but even sonography has been proven harmless to the fetus (1,2). Fetal Doppler probe, that is used by Baby Watch, has much lower mechanical and thermal indexes (Working Frequency: 2.0 MHz±10%, P-: < 0.5 MPa, Iob: < 10 mW/cm2, Ispta: < 50 mW/cm2, Isata: < 5 mW/cm2) than ultrasound probes for 2D, 3D and 4D sonography. Fetal Doppler monitors are regulated by the FDA which has set limits on its ultrasound emission.
The purpose of a hand-held fetal Doppler is to find and confirm the fetal heartbeat by measuring blood flow, which takes less than 10 minutes. Hand-held Fetal Dopplers are not sonographs but do use ultrasound and consideration should be taken when using any such medical device. Fetal Dopplers are regulated by the FDA and have been approved for home-use by physicians. Fetal Doppler heartbeat monitors are not diagnostic devices and should not replace consultation with a medical professional.
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2. Miller DL. Safety assurance in obstetrical ultrasound. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2008 Apr;29:156-64