First Pulse Medical Creates Noninvasive Device That Aims to Answer Advanced Fetal Monitoring Questions

Published: Aug 22, 2013

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A California-based startup may finally help physicians monitor vital signs for fetuses of obese mothers, starting with heartrate. First Pulse Medical hopes to have the intrauterine device, which is noninvasive to the fetus, cleared with the FDA by the summer of 2014. Right now, physicians use an ultrasound stomach belt to monitor fetal heartrate, which doesn’t work for mothers who weigh more than 200 pounds.

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