Best chance at life
Every day, maternal health innovations are improving the chances that babies will survive to see the light of day. This week we take a look at some of the revolutionary research techniques being used to give the next generation the best chance at life.
We start in the United Kingdom, where scientists have begun to operate on unborn babies suffering life-threatening abnormalities without removing them from the womb. The trial being carried out at King’s College Hospital in London hopes to lift survival rates from 20 to 50%.
Next, we head to Argentina where a cork in a bottle has inspired a new tool to assist difficult childbirth. The Odon device could prove to be safer and easier than forceps - an instrument that has been used for more than 400 years.
And finally, we visit the Diaconesses Croix Saint Simon hospital in Paris, where cranial osteopathy is helping to relieve some of the trauma of childbirth.