In-home fetal monitoring is nothing new in high-risk pregnancies, although it’s expensive, uncomfortable and inconvenient. We’re hearing about an Israeli company is promising a consumer-level elastic band that can track the heartbeats and movement of mother and incipient baby.
The PregSense band, from the Nuvo Group, will have 13 sensors that will be able to monitor the fetus’s heartbeat, as well as kicks and contractions, says company president Oren Oz.
The band will sync with a phone app, and the data will be sharable with the mother’s doctor.
The device, expected to cost about $250, will be available by the end of the year, he said. An FDA-approved version is expected next year. It’s not clear what an FDA-cleared version would do, except perhaps be more accurate.