An undergraduate student at Cornell University has designed a collection of maternity wear that can also wirelessly monitor the expectant mother’s health using conductive silver fibers in the clothing fabric.

Blake Uretsky, a senior in the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) in Cornell’s College of Human Ecology, is a recipient of one of four $30,000 Geoffrey Beene national scholarships from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund for her mix-and-match collection of dresses, slacks, coats, blouses, skirts, sweaters, and formalwear.

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Named “B” Maternity Wearables, the clothes contain conductive silver fibers that sense heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and respiration levels from the pregnant woman’s skin. A “B” branded belt buckle, when worn with the clothing, contains a device that transmits the data to a smartphone app where users can instantly check vitals and receive alerts for overexertion, inactivity, elevated stress, or other warnings. The data can also be emailed to a physician.

Uretsky states that this scholarship will go towards the development of her own fashion line in the near future, although it is not known if it will include the “B” Maternity Wearables.

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