Maternova’s Fetascope allows nurses, midwives, and OB/GYNs to listen to the fetal heart tones throughout a pregnancy. It is a type of stethoscope commonly known as the Pinard horn that functions similarly to an ear trumpet by amplifying sound.
Any low-income, resource-constrained countries.
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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.
Health practitioners such as midwives, nurses, OB/GYNs in low-resource settings
Produced-to-order in Uruguay Interview with representative
The Fetascope is available for purchase from Maternovadotnet
Several thousands Interview with representative
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The Fetascope is made from plastic and has a cone-shaped opening on one end, which is placed on the pregnant abdomen. On the other is a flat surface, which is held to the ear. Sound is conducted from one end to the other through a hollow tube, which amplifies the sound of the heartbeat. Use of this instrument requires practice to locate and correctly assess fetal heart rate, which can sometimes be obscured by ambient sounds or the position of the fetus. To determine the position of the fetus the Fetascope must be pressed to a location very close to the fetal heart, providing a relatively accurate indication.
This Fetascope includes reminders for dangerous warning signs in a pregnancy and is available in Haitian Kreyol, Spanish, English, and French.
This moon bead bracelet allows midwives, who have never learned to count, to measure a babies heart rate.
Portable and durable device. The sound is best heard over the fetus’ back beginning at 18-20 weeks of pregnancy.
The basics of maternal and newborn care guide by JHPIEGO references the Pinard Horn as a useful tool. Few known organizations indicate test outcomes because studies using Pinard Horns are informal due to the low-tech nature of the product.
Mother Health International’s HeartStrings and Sand Timer improve the performance of the Fetascope by allowing users to determine the health of the fetus
The Fetascope may more precise than a Doppler device for determining fetal positioning as a Doppler device detects a heart tone farther away from the location of origin.
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