Scientists develop new method for monitoring foetal heartbeat

An international team of researchers have developed a new technique to accurately isolate foetal heart sounds from background noise in acoustic recordings, which allows them to distinguish between different segments of the heartbeat.

This technique could potentially lead to non-invasive and inexpensive foetal monitoring that a mother could perform in her own home, making pregnancy safer.

Doctors typically use equipment such as a Doppler ultrasound probe or an electronic foetal monitoring system to investigate heart activity. However, the equipment involved in these techniques is expensive and can be difficult to operate, meaning that only a specialist can use it.

Elisavet Koutsiana, a researcher at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, said: “Our work suggests that there is potential for low cost and continuous recordings of foetal heart sounds in the home.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801839791-ADNFCR