Fetal Monitoring to Improve Premature Birth Cards

November 07, 2011

November 7, 2011

Earlier this week, March of Dimes, a non-profit organization, released the 2011 premature birth “report card” showing that the U.S. has gained a grade of C in terms of preterm birth rate. Based on the report, the preterm birth rate of the country has dropped from 12.8 to 12.2 percent.

According to US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, preterm birth babies are prone to new-born death or lifelong health problems. Abnormalities of this condition include intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy as well as vision and hearing loss. The Institute of Medicine has released a study showing that births prior to 37 weeks cost the country more than $26 billion dollars annually.

Dr. Anthony Gregg, a professor and director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Florida, has reported that with Florida hospitals now using computer-based fetal monitors, the state’s premature birth “report card” has improved from F to D. Nineteen states earned a C, 16 got a B and 11 states including the District of Columbia gained a D. Only the state of Vermont has been awarded with an A having a preterm birth rate of only 9.3 percent.

Experts have been stressing that one way to avoid preterm births is to conduct a regular checkup with fetal monitoring equipment. Proper diet also helps in minimizing the cause of preterm births, thus protecting both the mother and the child from any complications.

Doctors have been encouraging expectant mothers to let them examine their babies using fetal monitor transducers. This practice has helped experts around the world recognize any possible problems in the fetus. Fetal monitor transducers are widely used to observe a baby’s condition by monitoring its heartbeat during prenatal visits until the time of labor. In addition to fetal monitoring, AIV sells these replacement fetal transducers, as well as, offers a quality-driven fetal transducer repair program. Visit http://www.aiv-inc.com/fetal-monitor-transducers.html for more information.

About the Author

Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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