Growth in the fetal and Neonatal care equipment market is mainly driven by the rise in number of preterm and low-weights birth infants, growing number of NICU admissions, and increased awareness of neonatal and fetal care across developing nations.
Growth in the in fetal dopplers segment can be attributed to factors such as the growing demand for digital Dopplers over conventional Dopplers and increasing launches of home-use products. The growing popularity of and demand for fetal Doppler devices is increasing due to the procedural advantages these devices offer, such as ease of use, mobility (handheld and battery-operated products), novel features, and display functionalities. The rising adoption of Doppler imaging (especially in first trimester of pregnancy and for the diagnosis of restricted fetal growth), growing preference for the assessment of the fetal-placental circulatory system, expansion of application horizon for fetal Doppler imaging (such as in aneuploidy screening and transfusion syndrome), and the growing availability of home-use & new smartphone-based fetal monitoring systems.
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An incubator is a closed environment where temperature, moisture, and oxygen levels can be regulated. However, babies in incubators are less accessible as compared to warmers. The major factor driving the growth of this segment is the rising incidence of neonatal hypothermia. The large share of the Incubators segment can be attributed to Development of novel neonatal incubators, rising incidence of neonatal hypothermia, and increasing number of NICU admissions. Hypothermia is common in infants born at hospitals (annual prevalence range 32% to 85%) and homes (annual prevalence range 11% to 92%), even in tropical environments (source: BMC Medicine 2013), and is among the reasons for neonatal mortality.
Neonatal care equipment market: Region-wise Outlook
North America is one of the major revenue-generating regions in the global fetal and neonatal care equipment market. The large share of this regional segment can mainly be attributed to the high premature birth rate in the region, presence of good reimbursement structure, significant incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), maternal mortality rate, lifestyle challenges (such as obesity, smoking, diabetes, and poor nutrition) (Source: Sandra Schmirler Foundation) and the availability of well-equipped NICU centers.
Neonatal care equipment market: Key Players
Some of the prominent players in the fetal and neonatal care equipment are GE Healthcare (U.K.), Philips Healthcare (Netherlands), Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA (Germany), Medtronic plc (Ireland), and Masimo Corporation (U.S.).