Maternova, Inc. Creates Safe Obstetric Solution Kits Featuring Philips Africa Innovation Hub Technology

Collaboration combines Maternova's global reach in obstetric and Philips solutions specifically designed for healthcare settings.

Safe Obstetric Solution (SOS) Kit by Maternova, Inc

​Philips Africa Innovation Hub and Maternova Inc. today signed an agreement accelerating the distribution of Philips’ innovative newborn and child health solutions in collaboration with Maternova.  The agreement initiates sales programs in Latin America, Africa and certain markets in Asia for Philips’ portable power independent Fetal Heart Rate Monitor.

The Philips solutions are packaged as part of the Maternova Safe Obstetric Solution (SOS) kits that offer lifesaving solutions for childbirth settings that are often extremely challenging due to rugged conditions, inadequate lighting, lack of electricity and limited availability of local healthcare resources.

" This agreement with Maternova underscores Philips' commitment to co-create new solutions, new business models and new delivery paradigms to provide innovations that make an impact; innovations that enhance clinical outcomes and patient safety. "

Niels Buning, Venture Manager, Philips Africa Innovation Hub.

The Safe Obstetric Solution Kit delivers lifesaving vital signs monitoring and postpartum hemorrhage control.  It combines a maternal heart rate and blood pressure monitoring cuff with Philips’ Fetal Heart Rate Monitor (hyperlink to website) to deliver a comprehensive solution for assessing the health of the mother and baby during antenatal care visits through childbirth.

The Maternova SOS solution simplifies and enables the concurrent monitoring of mother and baby during the stress of labor and delivery.  The portable, power independent Philips Fetal Heart Rate Monitor (FHRM) is an innovative new monitoring solution that works using a built-in hand crank to power the device so it does not require batteries or electricity.   This solution addresses the need for an effective, lightweight and portable solution that can be used by healthcare professionals from midwives to obstetricians in situations where self-sufficiency and portability are essential to effective patient care.

“The Philips Fetal Heart Rate Monitor (FHRM) will work well for clinical care in the hospitals and mobile clinics in places like Haiti.” said Cynthia Siegel, RN, CNM, Director of Midwifery Education, Midwives for Haiti. “We have used it to monitor patients ranging from ten weeks to full-term pregnancies, and it performs extremely well." 

“This agreement with Maternova underscores Philips’ commitment to co-create new solutions, new business models and new delivery paradigms to provide innovations that make an impact; innovations that enhance clinical outcomes and patient safety.” said Niels Buning, Venture Manager – Philips Africa Innovation Hub.  “Though developed in Africa, for Africa, the FHRM can address demand in a vast majority of low resource settings across the globe.” 

“It’s wonderful that Maternova and Philips will be collaborating for the benefit of patients and clinicians around the world,” said, Meg Wirth CEO of Maternova. “I am delighted that we were able to reach this important agreement.  We see demand for rugged, effective and innovative maternal, newborn and child health innovations growing in all corners of the world.”

Philips is a global leader in patient monitoring solutions with a comprehensive product portfolio ranging from multi-parameter bedside monitors to wearable patient monitors combined with mobile applications and clinical decision support tools. With a primary focus on prediction and prevention of patient deterioration, these integrated solutions aim to support clinical workflow and caregiver efficiencies, and enhance patient care. The Philips Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, is the center for developing innovations “in Africa-for Africa” focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care.

Maternova is a women’s health solutions company, committed to accelerating the distribution of innovative, proven, lifesaving technologies to healthcare professionals in Africa, Latin America, and key markets in Asia through its local partners, distributors and its website . Information on the SOS Solutions Kits can be found at:

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Source: Maternova, Inc., Philips Africa Innovation Hub

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