analogue computer for use by Medical Practitioners in explaining to
expectant mothers the optimal stages for undergoing tests for
specific foetal genetic disorders during pregnancy.
particularly relevant for women whose families have a history of
genetic disorders such as Downs’ syndrome, Spina Bifida and
computer displays a scale on one side following the weekly
development of the foetus.
reverse side is a list of specific tests and the disorders they may
indicate in time frames recommended for optimum
can be calibrated to each woman’s specific menstrual cycle and the
progress of pregnancy and optimal testing times can be easily
device is smaller and less detailed. It is for use by midwives in
Papua New Guinea as a teaching instrument.
cultures a pregnancy is not acknowledged until the woman actually
feels the baby move. With the aid of the pregnancy calculator
midwives can explain to women the actual process of their
pregnancies in the course of providing education on various aspects
of women’s health.
devices are robust and easily transportable. This is especially
important given the weather conditions and terrain in which the PNG