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New cervical ripening balloon catheter is launched by Cook Women's Health

Cook : 27 June, 2007  (New Product)
The Cook Cervical Ripening Balloon, a device designed to offer safe, comfortable cervical preparation without the threat of drug-based side effects or interactions, has been launched by Cook Women's Health.
Labour is induced in more than 18 percent of deliveries in the USA and is commonly used in the instance of a post delivery date pregnancy, according to the National Vital Statistics Report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Ref 1).

If labour is induced when the cervix is unfavourable it may increase the likelihood of induction failure, protracted and exhausting labors, and other complications.

An undesired Caesarean delivery may also result.

The Cook Cervical Ripening Balloon Catheter is comprised of two silicone balloons and engineered to allow the cervix to naturally and gradually dilate prior to the induction of labour.

The first of two balloons is inflated on the uterine side of the cervix; the second is then inflated in the vaginal side of the cervix.

The two balloons adapt to the contour of the cervical canal minimising discomfort for the patient.

When the Catheter is removed, cervical conditions should have improved to a favourable state to allow for induction of labour and active labour management.

'Studies have shown in the past few years that in the absence of a favourable or ripe cervix, a successful vaginal birth is less likely', says Christina Anne, global leader of Cook Women's Health.

'Not only does the Cook Cervical Ripening Balloon improve the success rate of labour induction by safely ripening and dilating the cervix and eliminating the side effects of common medications and mechanical methods used to induce labour, it can also provide women with an easier, more comfortable birthing experience'.

Since the announced launch of the specialised business unit in May 2006, Cook Women's Health has brought a new level of patient centred innovation to market recognising that women have special health and medical needs.

Cook Women's Health continues to address prevalent issues in women's health globally including infertility, high-risk obstetrics, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, and stress urinary incontinence.

Ref 1 - National Vital Statistics Reports from the CDC, Volume 47, Number 27 December 2, 1999.

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