Low Tech Innovation for Maternal Deaths: Life Wrap
“A simple, $150 device can save the lives of thousands of women around the world who are at risk from dying during childbirth. Suellen Miller explains the ‘life wrap’, which looks like a wet suit, and tells us how it can save lives.” Mother Jones Radio recently covered this story (begins at the 11:11 minute mark).
From the broadcast: “25-60% of death related to pregnancy is due to hemorrage…and 85% of women in poor countries deliver at home” meaning some of these women could die within 2 hours if they start hemoragging (the #1 cause of maternal mortality in US) but they are often times 2 days journey away from a hospital. According to the broadcast, in the past thirty years until now there has been no improvement made in maternal mortality, but this could provide a major solution. The Life Wrap device is now in trials.