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Labor’Lert: A Stopwatch for Your Uterus

January 28, 2008

smallhandy.jpgVia 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.

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  1. January 29, 2008 2:56 pm

    Our doulla told us about a website that does the same thing live and for free. But it won’t fit around your neck. I’d share if I could remember the address.

  2. February 3, 2008 8:54 pm

    The Labor’Lert is a simple device that is intended to make it more convenient for a woman to time and record her labor pains. The web based timer is great if a woman is sitting in front of her computer when she is having labor pains. The Labor’Lert is designed to go with the woman, and can be worn around her neck. It is light weight and backlit to make it easy to use at night, or in a darkened room.

  3. February 3, 2008 10:54 pm

    Dave, when you talk about it being backlit and portable, you make me want one. ;)

  4. March 27, 2008 10:08 pm

    My wife and I have had three children and all three times we were in labor for more than 10+ hours. The stopwatch is exactly what is needed as you are on the phone,off and on, with your doctor giving him “numbers” that personally were a “pain” to keep up with. The stopwatch is not for when you are at the hospital and “pushing”, by this time the Labor’Lert tm has done its purpose and that is to support and/or replace your calculations. I have to say, I prefer to just have pushed a button when my wife’s pain began and press it again when it was over….versus….writing down times which is what most women and spouses must do if not guessing. Many women are not at home or at a computer to time contractions…wow…we wish it were that predictable. My wife and I were walking at a carnival before our daughter’s arrival and timing pains, while the last child she decided to walk up our neighborhood hill to help matters along. Both of those moments would have been great for the Labor’lert tm. Have you experienced childbirth?

  5. March 28, 2008 6:25 am

    Dave,
    While I do think the stopwatch aspect might be useful, you should realize that the post was intended to be a little bit humorous, as I thought Medgadget got the purpose wrong (with their “pushing” comment), and the due date countdown was a little overly precise, given that such dates are usually (except in planned c’s) an estimate and would rarely work out to the exact day, much less hour. I hope you weren’t offended by an honest discussion of these points, but I don’t find the “Have you experienced childbirth?” question relevant to these critiques (one of which is not of the device, but of inaccurate coverage of the device), and would probably be rather offended by it as a measure of whether my opinion was valid if I, for example, was quite educated about childbirth but had experienced miscarriages instead of live births.

    Readers should note that Dave appears to be from Labor’Lert.

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