Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

Philip Goodwin, Stefan Zwahlen, John Hutchinson

  • The Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor (FHRM) is a portable hand-held and hand-crank powered fetal diagnostic device for identifying fetal distress throughout the birthing process. The hand-crank design enables this FHRM to be used in settings without reliable or any electricity. A minute of cranking provides the FHRM with 10 minutes of power.
Product description
  • The Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor (FHRM) is a portable hand-held and hand-crank powered fetal diagnostic device for identifying fetal distress throughout the birthing process. The hand-crank design enables this FHRM to be used in settings without reliable or any electricity. A minute of cranking provides the FHRM with 10 minutes of power.
Target region(s)

The Freeplay monitor is created expressly for the harsh conditions of rural and remote settings in the developing world.

Distributors/implementing organizations

Manufactured and distributed by Ultrasound Technologies Ltd via regional distributors in South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Australia and New Zealand, Europe and the Americas

Market suggested retail price

$200 USD

Competitive landscape

Fetascope, MOYO Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

SDG targeted

Goal 3: to improve and promote good health.

Monitoring the fetal heart rate allows a health practitioner to determine fetal distress and positioning (e.g. lowered heart rate during contractions). This allows appropriate actions to be taken prior to or during birth, should the pregnancy be at risk for complications. This tool aims to reduce perinatal and maternal mortality by detecting intrauterine hypoxia, placental abruption, uterine rupture, or constriction of the umbilical cord. Newborn mortality accounts for over half of all infant deaths. In developing countries, where giving birth at home is common, there may be a lack of electricity to support delivery.

Target user(s)

Health practitioners managing maternal health, including midwives, OB/GYNs and nurses in resource-constrained settings.

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