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Design of a Maternal Healthcare Monitoring Device for Pregnant Women

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Around 800 maternal deaths occur every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. A majority of these deaths are caused due to pregnancy-related complications and occur in low-resource settings. To improve the current situation of maternal healthcare in rural areas, this paper proposes an IoT-based solution that monitors the vital signs of a pregnant woman and her foetus. At a socio-systemic level, the solution ensures communication of the vital data across relevant stakeholders (e.g. healthcare professionals, family members and others), thereby ensuring timely intervention in case of abnormalities. Several unmet needs and pain points of pregnant women were identified across the antenatal, intra-partum and post-partum stages of pregnancy from surveys, interviews and the literature, based on which a list of requirements was formulated. Ideas were generated against the finalized design brief, and preliminary evaluation was conducted to filter the ideas. Concepts were then explored from the set of viable ideas using different design methods like relational mapping, bundling and mash-ups. The proposed design seeks to reduce morbidity and prevent maternal deaths through the facilitation of timely medical intervention, by connecting various stakeholders involved at the time of pregnancy.

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Gopalakrishnan, D., Warale, P., Bhaumik, R. (2021). Design of a Maternal Healthcare Monitoring Device for Pregnant Women. In: Chakrabarti, A., Poovaiah, R., Bokil, P., Kant, V. (eds) Design for Tomorrow—Volume 3. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 223. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-0084-5_40

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