woombie med pod blog
When I worked as a Child Life Specialist, our training with infants told us to bring "hands over heart" to support a baby during an invasive procedure. This was a way of helping them calm. Infants love boundaries and containment. It makes them feel secure.
Recently, Barski Vail Designs received an email from a Child Life Specialist who was disheartened that her staff wasn't convinced Woombie Med Pods were a good fit for their unit. They claimed hands by the side was not developmentally appropriate and of course they're correct in this though; however, that's the beauty of swaddling with a Woombie! Our four-way stretch fabric actually allows infants to move within the swaddle and promote range of motion and flexion.
Infants begin with hands by side so the swaddle can be easily zipped, but then baby can move in the pod to bring hands to midline, hands over heart for comfort, or even hands in the air as if to signal "touchdown"!
The Woombie, the original peanut-shaped swaddle, has sold over a million and won more than 20 awards for innovation and design, including an award by the Hip Dysplasia Institute for promoting healthy hips. There's nothing more developmentally appropriate on the market (at least we think so!)
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When we met with a NICU in Dallas and showcase the pods we heard, "Wow! You guys really thought of everything!" Well, Karen Barski is an RN and I (Chelsea Vail) am a Child Life Specialist AND a licensed child therapist so...we designed this product with the WHOLE child in mind- medically and developmentally. Add in the fact that BOTH Karen and Chelsea are twin moms who've experience NICUs for their babies and BAM! The perfect medical grade swaddle sack was born.
So, why should you make the switch from your current product line to Woombie Med Pods?
Woombie Med Pods were designed to function for staff, family, and baby. The creators of Woombie Med Pods, Karen Barski and Chelsea Vail, pulled their knowledge of various patient populations together and discussed which populations were often left unswaddled and why.
"Bili babies", or babies receiving phototherapy treatments, are often unswaddled because light must reach their skin. So, we created a 360 degree swaddle sack using our patented peanut-shaped swaddle sack in mesh, allowing 95% of light to reach baby's skin.
Chelsea spent much of her Child Life internship and practicum experiences with "trach babies" and post-op cardiac patients. She remembered these babies being unswaddled to decrease risk of infection and debri from blankets near the trachs. So, our Woombie Trach Pod was designed with a deep v-neck to keep trach area clear while keeping baby swaddled tight for comfort and security.
Chelsea spent four years as a Child Life Specialist on the Hematology/Oncology unit at Dell Children's Medical Center. This unit also cared for "gastro" patients; including many post-operative for colostomy bags, g-buttons, and short bowel surgeries. These babies were almost never swaddled! Medical staff needs quick, efficient access to the midsection to assess healing, provide care, provide feeds, or change bags. The Woombie Gastro Pod has the ability to close, or open the midsection of the swaddle for easy access. Problem solved!
Our Woombie Med Pod is based on the award winning, Woombie original, designed for safe sleep, comfort, warmth, and security. Revisions were made for a medical setting including the front, rear, and side slits for vital signs checks, central lines, chest tubes, drains, or other treatment needs.
Finally, the Woombie Gel Pod! Unfortunately, neonates miss out on valuable time in-utero to finish growth and development. Being laid flat in a crib unswaddled is unnatural, and harmful to many areas of development. The Woombie Gel Pod contains a removeable gel insert to relieve pressure from a flat crib and absorb shock from movement and transport similar to that of the womb. The neonate can move freely inside the swaddle sack, but experience flexion and develop muscle tone within the confines of the swaddle.
Order one or all five for your unit and #swaddleeverybaby!
Today's hospitals are focused on "Family Centered Care", meaning the medical staff is involving families ain patient care. In the NICU, parents and grandparents are encouraged to visit often, hold babies, feed babies, assist nurses with bathing, and complete diaper changes. Even siblings as young as three are encouraged to visit.
Prior to co-founding Barski Vail Designs, LLC, I (Chelsea Vail), worked as a Child Life Specialist. In both my practicum and internship I spent time in NICUs and as a professional I was the NICU backup. I consider myself a medical professional. I'm comfortable holding babies regardless of size, health, medical devices or machines that may be in the way. I'm trained to be comfortable and I've experienced it all.
However, when my son, Cash was in the NICU after birth, I found myself feeling like a fish out of water at his bedside. I was in the NICU as a parent, not a staff member. I didn't feel comfortable touching or holding my own son without expressed permission. I was worried I'd accidentally unlatch an EKG lead or tangle a central line. I didn't want nurses upset with me because I was so fragile as a new mom- still healing both physically and emotionally.
Woombie Med Pods, Gel Pods, and Bili Pods prevent this nervous feeling and help support Family Centered Care initiative. A neonate wrapped tightly in a Woombie is not at risk for tangled leads because they fit in the specifically placed slits on the front, back, and sides. The limbs are held securely in the 360 degree swaddle sack to avoid startling the infant and causing an unnecessary flight or flight response. A parent, or caregiver, may find the neonate less intimidating to hold when they're swaddled in a Woombie Med Pod.
Unwrapping an infant from a traditional blanket swaddle to change a diaper can be overstimulating and waste valuable energy, but the patented double zipper allows parents and staff to access the baby for diaper changes without disturbance. Imagine the wave of calm over the mother changing her baby's diaper while he rests peacefully in his swaddle.
"Gosh, I would've felt much better leaving my babies everyday knowing they were wrapped up in that thing. At least they would've felt like I was still there." -Katie, Austin, TX, mother of twins