Labor’Lert: A Stopwatch for Your Uterus
Via Medgadget, I learned of the Labor’Lert, which is essentially a souped up stopwatch with some features familiar to those who use treadmills. It allows the user to hit a button at the start and end of each contraction, resulting in a digital readout of the contraction spacing and duration. The device also calculates the average length of the last three contractions and average frequency of the last six contractions, It also has a due date countdown, although the display in months, days and hours is a little more precise than Mother Nature tends to be in reality. Hours? Talk about unrealistic expectations. At $30, that’s a little more gadget and precision than even this tending-toward-control-freak needs.
PS-Our friends at Medgadget summed up the device thusly: “So, for those that are feeling excited during labor (everyone) and want to press a timer button in between 1-2-3-push-push-push, this device with a mysterious purpose is for you.” Dudes. This thing is for figuring out when to go to the hospital or call the midwife or what have you – by the time you’re pushing, you don’t need this puppy.