Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Vaginal delivery complications are often difficult to address in resource-poor settings where inadequate supplies and the lack of trained birth attendants often compromise a safe childbirth. Furthermore, conventional delivery aids, such as metal forceps and suction devices, may pose a great risk to babies during complications.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

Researchers at Tulane University are developing an inexpensive bidirectional membrane made of biomimetic adhesive surfaces that can be easily placed within the mother's vagina just before delivery. The microfabricated membrane, which allows sliding in one direction but not the other, will assure the baby's safe and smooth passage through the birth canal, minimizing delivery complications and eliminating the need for using potentially dangerous delivery instruments.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: This device is being developed by doctoral student Lakhinder Kamboj with his team Sergey Shevkoplyas and Noshir Pesika of Tulane University.
  • Manufacturer location: The product is currently being developed in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit | edit source]

The device is still currently under development.

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

$100,000 was provided to develop the device through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Exploration Grant.

References[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Lacoste, B. (2012, September 12). Doctoral Student Wins Gates Foundation Grant. Tulane University: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Retrieved February 6, 2013. Link available here.

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Grand Challenges Exploration Grants. (n.d.). Grand Challenges in Global Health. Retrieved February 6, 2013. Link available here.

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