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Induction of
labor (IOL)

is a common medical procedure to initiate the onset of childbirth if it does not start spontaneously or risks to the mother or fetus have arisen.

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.

(References 1-7)

Induction of labor rate (%) in western countries

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Deep tech project

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.

Current methods need to be challenged

What?

We are developing a groundbreaking catheter and sensor system that significantly increases the success rate of labor inductions, reducing complications and healthcare expenses, while ensuring safe deliveries for millions of women worldwide.

Project milestones

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Over 15 years of dedication to IOL research

References

  1. World Health Organization. WHO Data platform. Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing 2022. Available: https://platform.who.int/data/maternal-newborn-child-adolescent-ageing/indicator-explorer-new/mca/number-of-births-(thousands)

  2. Number of live births in the European Union (EU27) from 2009 to 2021. Statista, Jul 2022. Available: https://www.statista.com/statistics/253401/number-of-live-births-in-the-eu/ 

  3. Brady E. Hamilton, Ph.D., Joyce A. Martin, M.P.H., and Michelle J.K. Osterman, M.H.S. 2022. Vital Statistics Rapid release. No. 20. Births: Provisional Data for 2021. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/vsrr/vsrr020.pdf

  4. Zhu, J., Xue, L., Shen, H. et al. Labor induction in China: a nationwide survey. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 22, 463 (2022). Available: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-022-04760-6 

  5. Australia's mothers and babies. Web report, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Dec 2022. Available: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mothers-babies/australias-mothers-babies/contents/about  

  6. World Population Prospects 2019. Demographics of India. 2019. United Nations. Available: https://statisticstimes.com/demographics/country/india-demographics.php

  7. Number of Births in Japan Reaches New Annual Low in 2021. 2021. Nippon. Available: https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h01350
     

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