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Many woman do not have access to good medical care when birth does not go as it was planned. For a long time there have only been 3 options for prolonged or obstructed deliveries - c-section, forceps or vacuum delivery. All require a lot of training and/expensive equipment that is not easily accessible for many women and their birth attendants.
Jorge Odon - a car mechanic - has invented a new device called the Odon Device for helping woman in labour. It is currently in trial with the WGO organisation and will be used in the developing world as it will save lives of both babies and mothers at the cost of $50 for the disposable device.
Odon was inspired in a dream and by a party trick of getting a cork out of a bottle! Not very dignified beginnings, but the outcome cannot be argued with!
This innovator interested me as I have been part of the midwifery community for a number of years and worked with midwives going overseas to train local midwives. They reported that it was all very well to train the local midwives, but they is not have the resources such as c-section facilities or forceps or vacuum extraction qualified obstetricians to perform interventions. With the Odon Device, the ability to successfully intervene in labours will be i the hands of the birth attendants without the need for expensive equipment and years of training.
Jorge Oden does not use twitter or blog. However, the research project has a great website for upates and information.