BabySaver Aims to Prevent Newborn Deaths in Uganda


Uganda is now making developments thanks to experts to prevent newborn deaths in the country by means of BabySaver. / Photo by: Andrew Regan via Wikimedia Commons


With the continuous rise in birth rates all over the world, this also means that health issues during the childbirth process have become a more prominent issue. It’s also a more serious concern in locations around the world where high-level healthcare is not always available to the public, such as in Uganda where one of the main problems is the complications that occur during childbirth that usually left the babies dead.

Fortunately, a new device may be changing the situation for the better real soon.

The gadget dubbed as the Baby Saver was developed by Professor Andrew Weeks. It has the ability to resuscitate babies at birth without having to take them away from their mother. The current prototypes have been developed and tested by a research team at the Bryn Y Neuadd Hospital located in Gwynedd. Weeks stated, “We believe it will be a game-changer for families in Uganda, and hopefully further afield.”

The Baby Saver is composed of different equipment that includes a stethoscope and a suction device. The gadget can be placed between the mother’s legs that will keep the umbilical cord intact while the doctors take care of the baby.

A lot of hospitals all over the UK are already using a similar device called the LifeStart trolley, which was also developed by Weeks. Its main difference from the BabySaver is the price, as it costs more than $13,000, as well as its need for electricity to function. The BabySaver, on the other hand, costs just a tad over $52 and is not electricity dependent.

Weeks created LifeStart when he was working at the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust at the University of Liverpool. He noted that there were a lot of infant deaths that could have been prevented during childbirth.

He stated, “Each year, approximately six million babies across the world require basic neonatal resuscitation and around 900,000 of these will die.”

The BabySaver is being currently tested them in Uganda to see if further enhancements are needed.