It is the pivotal moment when the natural support in the womb of the mother transitions into having to breathe and live on your own strength. These first minutes have a crucial impact on the rest of life.
This is when a new human being can win or lose.
1 in 10 babies is having problems at birth. Around the world, this affects over 35.000 newborns every day. 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.
We have the opportunity to improve.
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*. We are denying babies the oxygen-rich blood from the placenta that it needs so badly. As a result, we often need to repair, or even live with, the damage.
*Bhatt S et al., J Physiol 2013 / Hooper SB et al., Curr Opin Pediatr. 2018 / Hooper SB et al., Pediatr Res. 2015
Scientists Prof. Arjan te Pas and Prof. Stuart Hooper, and a team from Leiden University Medical Center, developed a new way of thinking and working to give babies a “shock free birth”. This new approach allows neonatal caregivers to provide lifesaving care with the umbilical cord intact for as long as needed. Close to mom, the baby gets maximum benefit from the blood from the placenta, up to the moment it is breathing on its own.
The baby decides.
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 its mother, even with a very short umbilical cord connected. Mom can see and touch her baby.
In the Concord Zone, caregivers collaborate to provide the best care for the baby and its mother.
Rabe et al. 2012, W. Tarnow-Mordi, J et al. 2017, Fogarty et al AJOG 2017
We exist to help babies, and their parents, to win in the first minutes of life outside the womb, by providing the products, processes and knowledge that give babies a “shock free” birth, starting with the Concord Birth Flow.
Birth can be improved. And we will do it, together with scientist, caregivers and parents around the world.
We invite everyone to collaborate with us to innovate for a “shock free” birth flow for every baby. Especially the ones that need it the most.
Birth can be improved. And we will do it.