A Garment Originally Made for Astronauts is Saving the Lives of New Mothers in Developing Countries

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By: Ananya Bhattacharya, Editorial Fellow, Quartz

Together with Paul Hensleigh, Suellen Miller, the founder of University of California San Francisco‚Äôs Safe Motherhood Program, created a non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG) that applies pressure on the lower half of the body to push blood to vital organs like the lungs, heart and brain. The anti-shock garment is a first-aid measure: Strapping on LifeWrap soon after giving birth can help contain or at least slow down excess bleeding. Typically, clinicians will administer oxytocin to stop the blood loss. If the drug is not available or is ineffective, nurses and doctors can use the NASG to buy more time. The suit cut maternal mortality rates by over 50%…read more