CHALLENGE 1 in 10 babies is having problems at birth. Most of these babies are born premature, some experience asphyxia or other problems. These babies need all the strength and support they can get.
Still, medical convention prescribes to cut the umbilical cord immediately after birth to provide urgent care, taking the baby away from its mother. Scientific research shows that clamping the umbilical cord before a baby is breathing, causes a “shock” in the baby’s blood flow; a dangerous drop in heart rate and blood oxygen levels, increasing the risk of injury to its organs, especially the brains and intestines.
OPPORTUNITY Every year, worldwide 10 million babies do not breathe at birth. Birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for over 1 million deaths every year. Of the babies who survive, over 40% have mild to severe handicaps, including learning problems, ADHD or motor problems. Having the best possible support close to mother in the first minutes of life is a birth right for every baby.
SOLUTION Scientists from Leiden University Medical Center developed a new way of working to give babies a “shock free birth”, allowing the neonatal caregiver to provide lifesaving care with the umbilical cord intact, up to the moment it is breathing on its own.
We call this the Concord Birth Flow®. Key to the Concord Birth Flow is the Concord Birth Trolley, a new treatment platform with a patented slot for the umbilical cord, to keep the baby very close to mom, even with a very short umbilical cord connected. Mom can see and touch her baby.
STATUS A prototype of Concord has been in use for a while at LUMC, Erasmus MC and Amsterdam UMC to perform clinical trials. Promising results of the first clinical trials have been published. The new Concord Birth Trolley® achieved CE marking in September and the first product implementations have been completed, initially focusing on all Dutch NICUs who participate in clinical trials with the Concord Birth Trolley.
Concord Neonatal® is now working on expanding sales nationally and internationally.
Let’s get birth right!