Scientists Prof. Arjan te Pas and Prof. Stuart Hooper, and a team from Leiden University Medical Center, developed a new way of working to give all babies that are born to soon or who need extra support, a “shock free birth”.
We call this the Concord Birth Flow.
Clamping the umbilical cord at a time when the baby is fully stable and breathing on its own, leading to a gentle switch from the oxygen rich blood flow from the placenta to autonomous breathing and blood flow.
The Concord Birth Trolley creates a safe workplace for neonatal caregivers to bring lifesaving care for the baby, very close to mom.
Concord is a mobile trolley that can be equipped with all necessary devices for adequate monitoring and treatment of all babies that needs extra support during transition. There no longer is any urgency to cut the cord, all necessary care can be provided immediately, while allowing to wait calmly with clamping the cord until the baby is fully stable and breathing on its own.
Concord has a uniquely shaped Cradle with a patented opening for the umbilical cord and is mounted on a height adjustable and rotating arm, providing lots of freedom to position the baby very closely above mom. The baby, whether it is a very premature or term newborn, can be placed safely on the Cradle, even with a very short umbilical cord connected. Mom can see and touch her baby.
In the Concord Zone, whether it is in the delivery room or the operating room, caregivers collaborate at the mother’s bedside, to provide the best care for the baby and its mother. Training is key to make sure the Concord Birth Flow is implemented successfully, providing confidence for all involved caregivers. Training and support is therefore an inseparable part of our solution, to help caregivers to let babies win.
Already every week babies benefit from a Concord Birth Flow, with the first Concord Birth Trolleys in use at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and Rotterdam Erasmus Medical Center.
In 2017, 37 premature babies have had Concord Birth Flow at LUMC, as part of a phase 1 feasibility study, called the ABC1 trial (Aeration, Breathing then Clamping). Not only is feasibility and safety of the Concord Birth Flow proven, the clinical and physiological results are very promising.
Today, LUMC and Erasmus MC are jointly conducting a phase 2 trial, to be completed by the end of 2018, using a 3rd generation prototype of the Concord Birth Trolley.
Together with Concord Neonatal, LUMC is preparing the ABC3 trial, a large multicenter phase 3 trial, to start at the end of 2018. All 10 Dutch NICUs will be collaborating in this study, to prove how much babies, and their moms, will be benefitting from a Concord Birth Flow.
We invite everyone to join us to innovate for a “shock free” birth flow for every baby. Especially the ones that need it most.
The realization of the Concord Birth Flow with the Concord Birth Trolley is the first step. With the new Concord Zone as our basis, together we will gather, accumulate and translate the experience and insights from all over the world to create new and improved workflows, tools, products and services that help caregivers to help babies win.
Birth can be improved. And we will do it, together with scientist, caregivers and parents all over the world.
Let’s get birth right!
Because when babies win, we all win.
The Concord Birth Trolley is not commercially available in all worldwide countries, contact us for more information