Wearable Helps Pregnant Women Track Contractions In Real Time
Bloomlife is designed to help soon-to-be moms and eliminate some of the guesswork involved in any pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a time filled with wonder and excitement coupled with anxiety and fears. A new wearable called Bloomlife for pregnant women has been designed specifically to help alleviate concerns and provide women with important information about their changing bodies. The device, which was announced at CES 2017, a global consumer electronics and consumer technology trade show that happens in Las Vegas, helps empower women to make well-informed decisions during pregnancy.
More than just a contraction stopwatch, Bloomlife is able to measure, count and time contractions by picking up electrical signals from a pregnant woman’s uterine muscle. The information that Bloomfield is able to provide is feedback you would typically have to go to a hospital to get. The device helps expectant moms have a good understanding of what contractions feel like and the ability to easily track changes in contraction patterns through their third trimester.
The wearable has a reusable sensor that attaches onto a disposable patch that is able to transmit the information from the contraction to the wearer’s app. While useful for all expectant mothers, first time-mothers and those undergoing high-risk pregnancies will find the device particularly useful.
Bloomlife has gone through months of beta-testing and clinical trials on more than 500 pregnant women. The device is now available through a subscription model that begins at $149 per month of use. The unit comes with the sensor and five disposable patches which last for about seven days each. If mothers would like, they can send the sensor back to Bloomlife after their pregnancy is complete for reuse by another mom-to-be.
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Steven Dean is a designer, educator and entrepreneur focused on consumer health and wellness innovation. At his design consultancy, G51 Studio, he is involved in a broad range of projects that span business strategy, interaction and experience design, service design, and brand experience. He has designed and developed integrated user experiences for health and wellness platforms including mobile devices, networked applications and websites.
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