Imagine a little by walking through the woods and coming across a butterfly trying to emerge from a cocoon. The boy is naturally anxious and picks at the cocoon to "help" the butterfly emerge, but the the butterfly is free, he flops to the ground and dies. He doesn't have the strength to fly.
Anthropologists theorize that humans once had a gestational period of twelve months, therefore a human newborn is essentially still a fetus for the first three months of live, commonly known as the "fourth trimester". We can assist their transition from the womb to the world by swaddling in a womb-like environment during the first few months of life. A butterfly pulled from its cocoon too soon was robbed of the time to strengthen its legs and wings to fly independently. Emerging from the cocoon on its own helps strengthen it- its a natural process.
A newborn infant kicks and moves in its mother to build its muscles. They push up against the uterine walls, they respond well to boundaries and feel secure in the tight quarters of a swaddle pod until sight is more developed and they don't feel so lost in space in this big new world. The warmth of a swaddle also provides thermoregulation!
A Woombie Med Pod eases the transition from the womb to the world, providing boundaries to calm the moro reflex (fight or flight nuerological response).
Woombie Med Pods are made with slight stretch to allow the infant to build muscle tone while wiggling and squirming within the fabric to self soothe, similar to the way it moves inutero.
Woombie Med Pods feature a patented peanut shape that allows range of motion in the shoulders and the hips without any loose parts that could lead to increased SIDS risks.
Take a Woombie Sleepy Pod AND a Woombie Bili Pod with you in your hospital bag for delivery! Gift both at every baby shower to support safe sleep and psychosocial development of newborns! Request your hospital and birth center carry Woombie Med Pods for support.
Imagine the heartbreak felt when I heard from a woman whose friend had a baby admitted for jaundice in a hospital based in the northeast region of the US. The baby was visibly, and audibly upset for 36 hours while receiving phototherapy treatment, unable to be toucher or held by her mother. The woman asked the nurses if she could bring a Woombie Bili Pod in to support the crying newborn and a nurse responded, "The babies don't remember this".
Hmmmm, sure, its true there's no conscience memory of the pain and discomfort, but research shows stress has negative effects on brain development, even while inutero (in the womb). A fetus in its mother's womb feel stress of it's mother and can spike cortisol levels and experience firing and rewiring of nuerons in the brain that prewire the baby for stress. An infant born into a stressful environment can experience the same cortisol spike, heartrate increase, low oxidation, or worse- failure to thrive. These babies need our support now more than ever to bring them comfort in their new world and ease the transition from the womb to the world. They need to know this world is safe and that their socio-emotional development is just as important to us, their caregivers, as their physiological health.
If you're in the midwest, we are represented by Med Alliance.
If you're on the west coast, we are represented by Medical Dynamics.
McArthur Medical represents us in Canada.
Please go to WoombieMedPods.com or call 1-877-MED-PODS
Chelsea Vail, MA, CCLS, Newborn Care Specialist and contributing inventor of Woombie Med Pods.