- Suitable for Honours or PhD
Birth is a relatively short, but risky, journey. A critical physiological parameter that, ideally, is monitored during birth is the effective oxygenation of the brain. While the fetus is highly resistant to depletion in oxygenation saturation (asphyxia), there is a point where it becomes injurious and intervention is required. Monitoring physiological function in the fetus before, during and after birth is not a trivial task. We are developing a potential surrogate of neurological function, heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is a manifestation of autonomic function which originates from brain areas that are compromised during asphyxia. Accurate knowledge of brain function can assist clinicians during labour, and
The aim of this project is to develop methods of extracting heart rate from electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings before, during and after birth. Summary statistics of HRV will also be developed.