Global Fetal and Neonatal Care Equipment Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)
The fetal and neonatal care equipment market is expected to register a CAGR of nearly 8.33% during the forecast period.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the fetal and neonatal care equipment market. According to a 2020 single center study with the title, "The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal health due to delay in seeking health care: Experience from a tertiary center", published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, inadequate prenatal visits were observed in one-third of the women. Lockdown and fear of infection were the top reasons for delayed health-seeking, resulting in 44.7% of pregnancies with problems. Also, according to a 2020 report published in the Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, infection with COVID-19 during pregnancy increases the risk of pregnancy problems such as preterm birth, preterm premature rupture of the membranes, and, in rare circumstances, maternal mortality. As a result, vigilance should be exercised in further investigating and monitoring possible infection in neonates born to COVID-19-infected mothers, as well as providing appropriate care to both the mother and the baby. Thus, the market is predicted to rise as a result of the increased need for care.
The growth of the market studied can be largely attributed to the factors such as increasing number of preterm and low-weight births, growing technological advancement in infant and maternal care products, and rising congenital and pregnancy complications due to sedentary lifestyle.
The rise in preterm and low-weight births is one of the major factors for the growth of the fetal and neonatal care equipment market. With the rising number of births, a large number of complications are associated with preterm births, leading to neonatal deaths. Preterm birth is defined as a baby born alive before the 37th week of pregnancy, and birth weight of less than 2500 g is considered a low-weight birth. According to a 2020 study published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics with the title, "Global burden of preterm birth", there are around 15 million babieswhoare born prematurely around the world, resulting in a global preterm birth rate of about 11%.In the United States, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2019, the preterm birth rate rose for the fifth straight year in 2019 and one in every ten infants born were premature. Moreover, incidence of diseases among new borns have also increased. These factors have increased the demand for fetal and neonatal care equipment in the market.
However, the stringent regulatory policies for new device approvals and high prices of advanced neonatal care equipment are the major factors hindering the fetal and neonatal care equipment market growth.
Based on product, fetal care equipment is anticipated to witness significant growth. Fetal care equipment are required for monitoring and care of fetus. Several fetal care equipment are used such as fetal dopplers, fetal pulse oximeters and fetal magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) devices.
The factors contributing to the growth of the segment are the rising need for fetal care and product launches. As per the 2018 estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, about 1% to 2% of pregnant women have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and about 6% to 9% of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. Thus, for the management of gestational diabetes, the demand for fetal care equipment is increasing.
Several companies are engaged in approvals and product launches. For instance, in September 2020, Masimo Received Food and Drug Administration received approval for Rad-G Pulse Oximeter, a rugged handheld device that provides clinically proven Single Extraction Technology (SET) pulse oximetry, respiration rate from the pleth(RRp). Also, in June 2020 Philips launched Avalon CL Fetal and Maternal Pod and Patch to continuously monitor both the maternal heart rate and fetal heart rate, as well as uterine activity, with a dispensable electrode patch.
Thus, in view of the factors mentioned above, the market is anticipated to grow significantly over the forecast period.
North America is expected to dominate the fetal and neonatal care equipment market and holds major share in the market.
This can be attributed to the presence of well-established healthcare facilities and the rise in the demand for advanced healthcare systems. In the United States, the value-based healthcare model has led to the development of highly specialized NICU centers, with the rise in the number of devices from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).
Moreover, the presence of major key players operating in the industry are boosting the growth of neonatal and fetal care equipment market over the forecast period. The presence of prominent players results in higher number of product approvals and developments.
Likewise, in June 2021, Nuvo Group received the United States Food and Drug Administration approval for the expanded utility of its INVU, which is a prescription-initiated remote pregnancy monitoring platform for the addition of a new uterine activity module that enables remote monitoring of uterine activity.
Furthermore, surge in the number of fetal deaths in Canada is likely to supplement the market growth over the analysis period. For instance, as per data published by the United Nations Children's Fund, in 2019, the neonatal mortality rate in the country was around 3.3, the still births during the same year were approximately 1,072.0.
Thus, in view of the factors mentioned above, the market is expected to witness significant growth in the region over the forecast period.
The global fetal and neonatal care equipment market consists of a few major players holding the major shares of the market. Companies, like Atom Medical Corporation, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Dragerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, GE Healthcare, Koninklijke Philips NV, Masimo, Medtronic PLC, Natus Medical Incorporated, Phoenix Medical Systems (P) Ltd, and Vyaire Medical, among others, hold substantial shares in the fetal and neonatal care equipment market.