Research has already shown us preborn humans can recognize facial structures, learn language, react to music, and recognize their mother's voice. Now, new technologies are showcasing the humanity of the preborn in a manner accessible to the general public, promoting the bond between the mother and child, and empowering women to find support and healthcare for themselves and their children before and after birth.
One new technologically-savvy product in the works is Womba, the brainchild of a mom with a music technology PhD, Aura Pon. Pon and her co-inventor, Johnty Wang, have produced a prenatal musical instrument. Their wearable creation lights up to indicate where and how hard the child is kicking, and emits a sound from the built-in speakers correlated to the child’s movements.
The speakers allow both the mother and preborn child to hear the music being produced. Moms can even choose different types of sounds. Pon and Wang were inspired to make the hobby a serious project to take advantage of the benefits of playing music for preborn babies. Pon added, “It’s also about bonding. Those that can't feel the kicks all the time, you know, they can now see it and hear it and start to be like, 'That's a person in there.'” Pon and Wang have already applied for a U.S. patent and have an investor interested in helping them develop the product.
In Israel, the startup company PulseNmore LTD. has invented a handheld ultrasound device which can be used with any smartphone to display live images of the child on the phone screen. While the scanned images can be sent directly to the woman’s doctor for medical appraisal, the main purpose of the device is to calm the anxieties of expectant mothers who cannot feel their baby moving. Instead of rushing to the emergency room every time they feel anxiety, they can simply use their phone to watch their baby in real-time.
The device has been successfully tested here in the United States already, but the company is waiting for the approval from the Israeli Health Ministry before making the product more widely available. As an additional upside, PulseNmore plans to sell their product for a respectable $190. All other mobile ultrasound devices currently on the market — such as Philips's Lumify, Mobisante's MobiUS, SIFULTRA-5.1, and Butterfly iQ — are either $2000 or more, or are only compatible with one smartphone operating system. PulseNmore is providing mothers with a cost-friendly, multi-OS compatible option to bond with their babies and relieve their anxiety.
Finally, an app called Help Assist Her is currently being developed by a team of pro-life, feminist women. This is a modern healthcare app meant to help women locate “services and resources during pregnancy and beyond.” According to their website and Facebook page, the group is interested in helping women access a multitude of services ranging from Federally Qualified Health Centers (which provide comprehensive health services, especially to low-income and rural populations), pregnancy centers, maternity homes, Medicaid Offices, WIC, food pantries, and more.
You can help these awesome ladies get this app off the ground sooner by donating your finances, your experience in software development or user-experience writing, or your time by filling out a survey. These women and this app showcases the heart of pro-lifers for both the woman and the child.
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