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.
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Produced-to-order in Uruguay (Per Interview with representative)
User Provision Model
The Fetascope is available for purchase in the Heartstrings set from Maternova.
Distributions to Date Status
Several thousands (Per Interview with representative)
Power Supply Type
Indispensable equipment for function (Y/N)
Maintenance or calibration required by user at time of use?
Gestation Required for Heart Rate Detection (weeks)
Material of Construction
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.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Portable and durable device. The sound is best heard over the fetus’ back beginning at 18-20 weeks of pregnancy.
Vetted Performance Status
The Pinard Horn is a proven technology in use since the 19th century. Overviews and studies of effectiveness of the Fetascope are limited. Maternova lists field reports from Malawi and from Uganda.
Complementary Technical Systems
Mother Health International's HeartStrings and Sand Timer improve the performance of the Fetascope by allowing users to determine the health of the fetus.
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
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.