It is perhaps the greatest fear of every expectant mother, delivering a stillborn baby. Now, a few centers across the country are beginning to offer portable fetal monitors so the mother to be might have some warning if the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby's neck. Potentially jeopardizing the baby's blood supply.
Dr. Jason Collins, with the Pregnancy Institute of Louisiana., says the portable fetal monitor allows the mom to check the baby's heartbeat. So, if the heartbeat drops dramatically for a certain period of time, she can then e-mail all the information to her doctor.
"Our hope is eventually that every mom will have a fetal monitor in her purse. A basic way to follow these babies is to look for changes in behavior. The babies will signal you if they're uncomfortable." Says Dr.Jason Collins,M.D. Pregnancy Institute of Louisiana right now.
The Pregnancy Institute of Louisiana is one of the only centers in the country offering these home monitors for pregnant women. We'll let you know if they become available in Lubbock.