MONICA – the monitoring and care technology is a state of the art and was invented and developed by the University of Nottingham.
The underprivileged mothers can access MONICA thanks to the generous donation by Steel Chambers Charitable Foundation of India and in collaboration with Sion Hospital. The Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, known as the Sion Hospital , will introduced it for underprivileged mothers. The Sion hospital has delivered over 14,000 children a year, the highest number in India. Dean Suleman Merchant stated that “For the first time in the country, underprivileged mothers can avail the sophisticated MONICA, developed specially for us, It uses ECG-like leads placed on the expectant mother’s abdomen for live monitoring of foetal ECG, maternal heart rate and uterine contractions. Traditional transducer belts and connecting wires have been done away with completely,”
He also stated “Traditional transducer belts and connecting wires have been done away with completely, It is sensitive to foetal and maternal heart rates, without causing confusion between the two, works well in obese mothers and drastically reduces the clinician’s monitoring time per patient “.