Home uterine monitoring
Measurement of uterine activity at a patient's home. Women wear a special belt that identifies uterine contractions and either notifies the woman directly or transmits the information to the doctor. It can be especially helpful in monitoring women with premature labor. Use of this technique puts patients in daily contact with their health care provider. The contractions are transmitted by telephone to a center so the doctor can evaluate them on a computer. This can be an alternative to hospitalization.