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The Problem

examination of the baby's heartbeat

Cardiotocography (CTG) is the gold standard to assess the well being of the fetus during labor. However CTG trace interpretation remains a challenge :

  • Up to 20 different classifications and guidelines co-exist
  • A rate of 30% inter and intra observer variability is demonstrated
  • Its 60-90 % false positive rate is responsible for a large number of unnecessary c-sections
  • Missed fetal hypoxia has a huge human and insurance cost
  • It represents 70% of litigations in obstetric