ASSIST II Welcome
Welcome to the ASSIST II Study site.
The ASSIST II Study closed to recruitment on 7 June 2021. After a 3-month period of follow-up assessments, the study will complete data collection in September 2021.
The ASSIST II Study team aim to publish the results of this research in 2022 and will share the findings with previous participants and members of the public via this website.
Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in ASSIST II, to the 900 women who consented to take part, and to the 126 women who allowed us to support their births and follow their postnatal journeys.
To find out more about ASSIST II, we have some participant information below. If you have any further questions, please contact the study team via ASSIST@nbt.nhs.uk
The ASSIST II Study (now closed to recruitment) was available to women who planned to have a vaginal birth at Southmead or Cossham Maternity Units and who may have required help assisting the birth of their baby vaginally during the final stages of labour. The study used a novel alternative device to the forceps or suction cup called the Odon Device. The Odon Device uses a soft inflated cuff of air around the baby’s head to help move the baby down the birth canal.
Please take a look at our Information Video & Participant Information Leaflet to find out more about the BD Odon Device and the ASSIST II Study.
Dr Jo Crofts, Principle Investigator of the ASSIST study and new mothers who took part in the trial explain more about the study.
How is the study funded?
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have funded this research as part of the Odon Programme. Grant number: INV-010180
Who is conducting the study?
Professor Tim Draycott (Consultant Obstetrician) is the Chief Investigator and Dr Jo Crofts (Consultant Obstetrician) is the Principal Investigator. North Bristol NHS Trust are the study Sponsors.
Who has reviewed the study?
The South Central, Berkshire Research Ethics Committee has reviewed and agreed this study (Ref 19/SC/0226).