In the delivery room, the method of delivery is determined by level of fetal distress. Current fetal monitoring methods include the use of cardiotocography (CTG) to monitor fetal heart rate. CTG often produces ambiguous signals, leading to inaccurate measurements of fetal distress. This leads to unnecessary C-sections being performed.
The inaccuracy of FHR monitoring has contributed to an increase in C-sections performed in the last two decades, from 12.1% in 2000 to 31.9% in 2018. There is a need for a more accurate method of fetal distress monitoring in laboring mothers that can help reduce the amount of unnecessary C-sections performed.
Backyard Biomedical's Fetal pH Analyzer will utilize the process of Fetal Scalp Blood Sampling (FSBS) to measure pH levels and determine fetal distress levels. Our Fetal pH Analyzer will be an automated device that samples blood and provides a pH reading in under one minute, leading to quick and accurate results.
1 in 3
1 in 3 births are through C-sections.
10-15% The optimal rate for C-sections performed is between 10-15%.
The average cost for C-sections is about $32, 062. However, this cost can be higher for some mothers.