The World Health Organisation is introducing the Odon Device, a product that assists delivery in prolonged labor, especially in areas where C-sections are not available. The device was invented by Jorge Odon, an Argentinian car mechanic. The device will be manufactured by Becton, Dickinson and Company. The prolonged second stage of labor can cause maternal hemorrhage or asphyxia of the infant. The Odon device uses a film-like polyethene material that can be applied directly to the head of the infant. Through less contact with both the infant and the birth canal, chances of infection are reduced.
The Odon Device is currently undergoing clinical trials in Argentina and South Africa.