Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 7, 1972 · Page 9
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 9

Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, September 7, 1972
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By WARIUCN E. LKARY BOSTON (AP) - Boston researchers have announcer! a 'new method of monitorinr heart rates of fetuses which they say can indicate how well a baby will survive the rigors of birth. The method was developed by researchers at Bosfor; Hospital for Women nnd the Battle Instrument Corp. of Cambridge. Dr. .lohn M. Lcvenths!, director of the hospital's fclal hcarlrate monitoring program, said Tuesday (lie method uses a device with computer circuitry which can detect, filter, analyze and amplify the weak electrical impulses from the fetal heart through the mother's shin. "We have been able to ir-o this method as early as the 26th week of pregnancy," Leventhal said. "We haven't tried it at an earlier sta^o because this is when you first have a viable infant, but I'm sure it would be effective on an oven younger fetus." Leventhal said that the two methods of monitoring fetal Alton Evening Telegraph Thursday, Sept. 7, 1972 A-9. 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