Credibility of Foetal Heart Rate Monitors in Question

10 November 2009 (Last Updated November 10th, 2009 18:30)

Foetal heart rate monitors used by expectant parents at home should not be seen as an alternative to medical devices or expert medical care for foetal health, according to new research. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, warns expectant parents not to rely on a

Foetal heart rate monitors used by expectant parents at home should not be seen as an alternative to medical devices or expert medical care for foetal health, according to new research.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, warns expectant parents not to rely on at-home heart monitors to measure foetal health as they can provide false reassurance.

The monitors can also cause unnecessary anxiety for parents who are untrained in handling these devices, doctors warn.