Objective Postpartum Uterine Tone Monitoring

Death from postpartum hemorrhage is one of the most common preventable causes of maternal death in the United States, and is the single leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. There is currently no objective measurement of uterine contraction, which is most responsible for postpartum hemorrhage. The grant will be used to develop a novel uterine tone measurement device for testing in the clinical setting. The device would evaluate intra-uterine muscle tone for detection of and control of postpartum bleeding.