Women receptive to smart wearable technology during pregnancy

FRIDAY, August 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) — According to a study published online July 14 in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Colin Wakefield of the University of Washington in Seattle and colleagues assessed how 507 women (aged 18-45) who expect to become pregnant within the next five years perceive the use of fetal ECG monitoring technologies from a distance. The portable ECG machine was described as having the size of a “large patch-sized bandage” on their abdomen.

Researchers found that 91% of women expressed acceptance of wearable ECG technology throughout pregnancy as a mechanism for increasing the frequency of maternal and fetal health monitoring outside of the hospital. Three-quarters of women (78%) expressed a willingness to wear devices day and night or at least while sleeping, and 42% of respondents said they would spend up to $200 on such a device.

“Smart wearable ECG devices can allow pregnant women to monitor their health and that of their fetuses, but it was unclear how women of childbearing age view the use of remote fetal ECG monitoring technologies throughout pregnancy. pregnancy,” the authors write. “This study indicates a high degree of readiness of potential pregnant women for telemedicine with continuous monitoring of the health of the mother-fetus dyad.”

One author disclosed patents on ECG and electroencephalogram technologies for fetal monitoring.

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