Every year, more than 40 million women worldwide require medically assisted onset of labor.
Current methods of labor induction fail 30% of the time, leading to cesarean sections, complications, newborn need for intensive care, and high healthcare costs.
Induction of labor rate (%) in western countries
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The Inga project was conceived through a systematic process of immersing ourselves in hospital environments, carefully observing clinical activities, and conducting interviews with experts in perinatology, all within the framework of the Biodesign Finland project. We identified an unmet need for intelligent and personalized care in labor induction.
The Inga concept is heavily influenced by the obstetric findings of MDs Leena Rahkonen and Heidi Kruit.
Even at this very early stage, we have garnered robust global support from clinical experts for the development of this innovative monitoring and diagnostic solution.
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