Hyderabad: City-based Pregnitive Technologies on Wednesday launched a foetal heartbeat listener called ‘Suno’, which can give pregnant women easy access to the heartbeat sounds of their babies.
The palm-sized device is said to use only non-invasive technologies and perform its functions without causing any side effects, the firm said.
The portable device can be connected to any smartphone, and will even record the heartbeat sounds in the connected device. It does not require any batteries or chords either. In effect, the device replaces the need of a stethoscope or a Doppler foetal monitor, which are the commonly used ways for listening to the heartbeat of babies in the womb.
The device processes the heartbeat in real-time, and also counts the number of kicks thrown about by the baby.
Speaking at the launch ceremony here, gynaecologist Dr L Jayanthi Reddy said the device marks a major first in healthcare for women.
“Listening to foetal heartbeat provides an inexplicable peace of mind to the mother. Until now, the process was tedious at best. With this device, pregnant women can even record and share with family members the audio clippings of the heartbeat sounds of their babies. Think of the joy that would bring to young mothers-to-be,” she said.
The device is available at www.pregnitive.com at Rs 1,999.