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?