Labor induction – Cervix ripening device

  • Category: Medical Devices
  • Investment Status: Pre-Seed
  • Medical Field: Women’s Health
  • Patent Status: PCT
  • Medical Center: Meir Medical Center
  • Inventors: Dr. Miki Pomeranz Head of Emergency room and Senior Specialist in the OBGYN Department at Meir Hospital in Kfar-Saba, Israel. M.D. studies at the Technion Medical School in Haifa. Certified by the Israeli Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Induction of labor is an obstetric intervention usually employed to prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes. Given the increasing attention to reducing perinatal morbidity and mortality, rates of induction of labor have continued to rise over the past few decades.

Inducing labor can be accomplished with pharmaceutical or non-pharmaceutical methods.

Labor can be induced for many reasons: infection. Diabetes, high blood pressure long gestation, stalled or is delayed labor, growth problems in baby, lack of amniotic fluid surrounding baby, preeclampsia and more.

Types of Labor Induction include:

  • Foley\Atad Catheter with an inflatable balloon
  • Stripping the Membranes
  • Drugs That Soften the Cervix taken orally or vaginally
  • Medications to Kick-Start Contractions
  • Breaking Water – forced breakage of the amniotic sac

The need –  current fully catheter solution is large and can push the engaged fetus head out of the maternal pelvis. Usually it is inserted for 24 hours with no indication what’s going on with the uterine cervix.

The new device supports doctors by providing better controllability over the labor process. Our solution is a mechanical inducing device including of a balloon and a ratchet mechanism. The balloon portion is inserted into the uterus between the amniotic sac and the lower uterine segment, the balloon is then inflated with saline solution while the pressure it creates on the cervix is being controlled by the doctor using the ratchet mechanism.

•The mechanism allows to see through to the cervix and follow cervix ripening
•Allows the doctor to determine the pressure and maintain it.
•Single use
•Made entirely of plastic parts and does not contain metal components
•Allows spotting of bleeding and secretions by an additional tube which run from the balloon area to the device’s operation area