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Sep 21, 2018

Babysaver 2018


Edited: Sep 24, 2018


Facts about Babysaver


The BabySaver is a portable, low-cost, newborn resuscitation device, designed to be used at the bedside. 


It has been created by a team of maternity and neonatal experts led by Professor Andrew Weeks, a consultant obstetrician from Liverpool Women’s Hospital, and James Ditai of the Sanyu Africa Research Institute (SAfRI), Uganda, and has the backing of the Ministry of Health there. It was designed with Peter Watt, engineer at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and prototypes were manufactured at Bryn Y Neuadd Hospital, Gwynedd, Wales. 

It is designed to reduce the large number of babies who die shortly after birth in developing countries due to a lack of vital life-saving equipment, and works by allowing mother and baby to stay together during the resuscitation process, keeping the umbilical cord intact and preventing distress caused by separation. 

It is lightweight and cheap to produce (approx. £40), meaning it is much more accessible than traditional resuscitation units, which could cost up to $15,000. 


How you can help spread the word


The UK media launch of Babysaver took place on Wednesday 12 September 2018 and they've asked us (our community) to help spread the word on social media or place information on your organisation’s website.

The BabySaver Twitter handle is @TheBabySaver and we will be using the hashtag #babysaver.


The well regarded retired obstetrician David Hutchon had this to say:


"If BabySaver catches the imagination of some people and this is converted into enthusiasm for avoiding early cord clamping and support for motherside resuscitation with cord intact it will be great! And achieve something we have really failed to do so far."


Stopping early cord clamping and providing ventilation of the neonate at the side of the mother with an intact cord will save babies. It is a bold title to call it BabySaver UK, especially since very few units here in the UK provide any sort of motherside resuscitation! Lets get all babies being provided with motherside resuscitation and ventilation when lack of breathing is a problem. 


What are your thoughts?

Oct 8, 2018Edited: Oct 8, 2018

Where can we purchase a Baby Saver unit for our newly opened low risk birthing center? Although it will likely be used infrequently for transition/resuscitation it will be used frequently in our promotions for OCC, where we would like to refer to its use in our guidelines, which are required to be on public display on our website.

Oct 10, 2018

Hello, I have spoken to @aweeks (Andrew Weeks) who was involved with the development of both the Babysaver and the earlier Basics Trolley. He said they are being 'tested' right now - so not yet available for sale, but the team are working on making them available in Europe - hopefully soon.


Oct 8, 2018

Hello Jacqueline, thanks for your post. Sounds like an amazing plan! [@aweeks] will be able to help with this I’m sure. I’ll let him know. Please do share your initiative/guidelines in the forum area too as it’s really useful for others to see/read about how to put the evidence into practice. Thanks

Oct 8, 2018Edited: Oct 8, 2018

I'll be sure to post in the forum once we have the unit, so as to better exemplify its use in our guidelines as well as (and mainly) in the promotion of OCC. Thank you for this forum. It is such a great ressource to refer to

Oct 9, 2018

I was setting up the room for an impending birth on the birth centre the other month. I had hidden under a towel my make shift resuscitaire and it really made me think 'why on earth am I setting this up on a high up changing table'!! This was all whilst the babysaver tray was in the media and I thought to myself that if we were to have these in the UK on birth centres perhaps it would help facilitate OCC during resus. If I was going to be staying working on the birth center (only there for a one off shift) I would definitely be championing changing the way we go about setting up our rooms. (you'll be pleased to know I didn't need my make shift resus that day)

Oct 10, 2018

I am pleased to hear you didn't need it :-) Its difficult isn't it, because whilst midwives have the knowledge and autonomy to set these makeshift resuscitates up at homebirths, we feel disempowered to do so in a hospital setting, despite knowing the benefits. Whilst I 100% respect the need for hospital policies and guidelines I am also frustrated by the lack of innovation and ability to 'move inline with the evidence' within the NHS. This is why I feel that the very inexpensive Babysaver will help to change this practice - firstly within the birth centres and then motivating obstetric units to do the same with the Lifestart. Fingers crossed.

I can't wait for this to be available for sale in the USA! I work in a Birth Center and it would be so perfect! I will share and spread the word. Keep up the great work!

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