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Top award for designer of harness for mums-to-be

Dafydd, the harness and wife Ruth.

A medical harness designed by a North Wales businessman to help pregnant women combat acute pelvic pain has won a top industry innovation award.

The revolutionary harness is for women suffering intense pelvic girdle pain (PGP), also called symphysis pubic dysfunction.

Dafydd Roberts, from Pentrfoelas, has been working with medics from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) since designing the special support girdle to help his wife Ruth during her fourth pregnancy.

It's scooped the Judges Award in the MediWales Research & Innovation Award ceremony.

It’s quite an honour to receive the award. We really didn’t expect to win as it’s a relatively simple idea but a lot of hard work has been put in by so many health professionals and this success is testament to everyone’s ongoing commitment.

Up to now, we’ve opted for a soft launch really just to see how people respond to it. We’ve sold some online and we’ve had very positive feedback.

Things are now moving pretty quickly. The trials are ongoing at the moment across all sites at the BCUHB. We’re getting quite a bit of interest without really pushing the product. Once we know the outcome of the trial we will get a much better idea.

– Dafydd Roberts