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San Francisco Chronicle Profiles Garment To Help Prevent Postpartum Hemmorhage

The San Francisco Chronicle profiles “a simple, neoprene garment developed for postpartum use by a [University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)] researcher,” meant “to prevent [women] from going into shock, oxygen loss and organ failure due to excessive bleeding during birth.” According to the WHO, “[p]ostpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of deaths in mothers, accounting for as many as 100,000 deaths a year worldwide,” the newspaper notes. UCSF professor and nurse midwife Suellen Miller “has worked for more than a decade to study [the device] in clinical trials and encourage the widespread use of the garment,” the newspaper writes, noting the WHO “added the garment to its influential list of recommendations to treat postpartum hemorrhage last year” and PATH “named the device one of the top 10 breakthrough innovations that can save mothers’ lives.” According to Miller, who sells the device for $60 under the brand name LifeWrap, “the technique to properly wrap a woman in the garment is easily learned and can be taught to people without medical training,” the newspaper writes (Colliver, 10/22).

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