Ulster/Queen's Belfast - Bid to prevent stillbirths

September 2, 2010

Scientists in Northern Ireland are developing a mobile foetal surveillance system that could help prevent stillbirth by alerting doctors when a baby is at risk. About 4,000 babies are stillborn in the UK each year, with half of these cases remaining unexplained. Mothers often say that the pattern of their baby's movements changed in the days leading up to the birth, and researchers at the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast and the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital in Belfast believe that a monitoring system could provide an early warning and enable doctors to intervene.

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