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    CHILDBIRTH WITH THE AID OF A DECOMPRESSION CHAMBER -- AN IDEA WHICH ORIGINATED IN SOUTH AFRICA -- IS NOW BEING TRIED OUT IN BRITAIN AT A HOSPITAL ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF LONDON.

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    CHILDBIRTH WITH THE AID OF A DECOMPRESSION CHAMBER -- AN IDEA WHICH ORIGINATED IN SOUTH AFRICA -- IS NOW BEING TRIED OUT IN BRITAIN AT A HOSPITAL ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF LONDON. THE SOUTH AFRICANS, WHO INTRODUCED THE METHOD TO HELP MOTHERS WITH BLOOD DISORDERS PRODUCE HEALTHY BABIES, SAY IT ALSO PRODUCES PARTICULARLY BRILLIANT CHILDREN -- A CLAIM DISCOUNTED BY THE LONDON HOSPITAL AUTHORITIES.
    THE DECOMPRESSION METHOD, INVOLVING THE USE OF A "DECOMPRESSION CHAIR", WAS DEMONSTRATED YESTERDAY BY A MATERNITY PATIENT AT THE LONDON HOSPITAL, 30-YEAR-OLD MRS WROTH, WHILE IT WAS EXPLAINED BY MR FRANKENBERG, THE HOSPITAL'S CONSULTANT OBSTETRICIAN AND GYNAECOLOGIST. MRS WROTH IS DUE TO HAVE HER SECOND BABY IN A FEW WEEKS.
    TO USE THE DECOMPRESSION CHAIR, THE PATIENT FIRST DONS A PLASTIC SUIT WHICH IS ZIPPERED UP TO THE NECK AND MADE AIRTIGHT, AFTER THE DECOMPRESSION APPARATUS HAS BEEN FITTED OVER HER. THE APPARATUS IS THEN ABLE TO REMOVE THE NORMAL ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE OFF MRS WROTH'S STOMACH MUSCLES, RELAXING HER AND ENABLING MORE BLOOD TO FLOW INTO THE WOMB -- BRINGING MORE OXYGEN TO THE BABY.
    MR FRANKENBERG SAID THE DECOMPRESSION CHAIR IS USED PURELY FOR MEDICAL REASONS WHEN THE MOTHER NEEDS ASSISTANCE TO GIVE BIRTH TO A HEALTHY CHILD. HE DISCOUNTS THE IDEA THAT THE APPARATUS HELPS TO PRODUCE BRILLIANT CHILDREN, AND SAYS IT IS NEVER USED WITH THIS IDEA IN MIND. INTRODUCING A PATIENT, 40-YEAR-OLD MRS HOWARD, WHO USE THE DECOMPRESSION CHAIR BEFORE GIVING BIRTH TO A 10-POUND BABY, MR FRANKENBERG SAID...

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD9CZSMCT3QRYPHAPNJWTQ1R55
    Media URN:
    VLVAD9CZSMCT3QRYPHAPNJWTQ1R55
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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