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Abiola Aiyenigba

We were devastated to hear of Abiola’s death this week. Having first come to the University of Liverpool’s Sanyu Research Unit in 2013 not long after it launched, she was an important part of the unit’s development. Doing her PhD part-time meant that she was a constant over 6 years as other short term students came and went. And she was always quick to offer them friendship and support. When…

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Respect in childbirth: speak carefully, words matter

Maternity specialists are being encouraged to change the language they use in front of mothers to have a positive impact on the birth experience. A new video, filmed at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, is promoting better use of language. You can see the full film below. Consultant obstetrician Professor Andrew Weeks said: “Words such as hemorrhage, fetal distress, membrane rupture may be common for medics but they conjure up quite terrifying…

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Device developed in Liverpool could help thousands of mums who bleed after childbirth

The PPH Butterfly: first aid for bleeding after childbirth New device welcomed by patients and clinicians  A new device developed by doctors from Liverpool could help thousands of women who experience severe bleeding after childbirth. Each year around 50,000 women worldwide die from a postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) – around one every ten minutes. In England and Wales, greater access to drugs and immediate medical care means the impacts are usually…

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Invention could save hundreds of thousands of babies’ lives

Andrew Weeks & Kathy Burgoine with the BabySaver Tray in Uganda

Hundreds of thousands of babies’ lives could be saved in developing countries each year thanks to a game-changing invention by a UK doctor in partnership with Ugandan colleagues. The BabySaver, developed by Professor Andrew Weeks, a consultant obstetrician from Liverpool, is a simple plastic unit where babies can be resuscitated without having to separate them from their mothers. It costs under £40 ($50) a fraction of the price of traditional…

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Multi-million boost to help halt new born infections

Hands cupping a newborn baby's foot

A study into reducing new born deaths and infections in developing countries has received a €5.9million (£5.2m/$6.7m) boost today to encourage use of a life-saving hygiene gel made from sugar cane. In sub-Saharan Africa, 1 in 12 children will die before their 5th birthday, with infection the most common cause. The European Developing Countries Trials Partnership announced the grant to prevent newborn infections in Uganda.  The project, led by the…

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