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Feasibility and Safety of a New Simple and Low-Cost Device (Odon Device) for Assisted Vaginal Delivery

The specific aim of the proposed study is to test the safety and feasibility of a new low-cost device (Odon Device: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGLLXFzULd4) to deliver the fetus during the second stage of labor. This device may be potentially safer and easier to apply than forceps/vacuum extractor for assisted deliveries, and a safe alternative to some Caesarean sections in settings with limited surgical capacity and human resource constraints. It has potential for wide application in resource poor settings even by mid-level providers. If proven safe and effective, the Odon Device will be the first innovation in operative vaginal delivery since the development of forceps centuries ago and vacuum extractor decades ago.

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