Jordon Wimsett: Baby Head Elevation Device
1,500 babies/year in New Zealand are born by emergency caesarean when the cervix is fully open. A caesarean at this time is more likely to cause injury to mother (30%) or baby (10%), due to difficulties with delivering the baby’s head. There is increased risk of tearing of the mother’s uterus (womb) which may cause preterm birth, and low oxygen levels or injury to baby.
A small inflatable ""balloon"" (Fetal Pillow®) that is inserted vaginally has been marketed to improve safety of caesarean at full dilatation for mums and babies. Many doctors have started to use it, however further research is required to determine whether it is of benefit.
This image was uploaded for the SGS Research Showcase 2023.