The experts could see the potential for this cheap and simple device in developing countries, where prolonged or obstructed births are often fatal.
Schvartzman says the most important thing is that the Odon device is easy to use - it could potentially be used by a midwife without a doctor present. It also reduces the risk of transmission from mother to baby of infections such as HIV. And, in developed countries, it could help bring down soaring rates of Caesarean births.
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