Barski Vail Designs COO, Chelsea Vail, began her career as a Child Life Specialist. During her time in childrens hospitals, she covered PICU, day surgery, Hematology/Oncolgy over four years, NICU, and trauma centers outpatient. Regardless what unit she was assigned to, there were infants on these inpatient units. Chelsea's job was to provide developmental care, procedural support, and support the families during their stay.
Flash forward ten years, she partnered with Karen Barski, creator and owner of Woombie, the patented peanut-shaped swaddle for home use that had sold over a million withough a single safety recall. Chelsea wanted the Woombie in hospitals to support the patients and families she'd once worked with and worked with Karen to revise the home-use version for hospitalized infants to work around medical devices and treatment needs.
Woombie Med Pods was born!
These 360 degree swaddles provide the care Chelsea was once providing as a Child Life Specialist. Chelsea and Karen are not only both seasoned medical professionals, but also mothers AND certified Infant Care Specialists. We are passionate about developmental care in hospitals for ALL units that serve the infant population. So, we've created a hospital certification program for Best Practices in Infant Care.
Our hope is that hospitals will seek to improve their current methods of care for infants and only use the safest products and resources to support patients and families. Becoming certified is free of charge, easy to apply, and education/training is accesible digitally. Become a Platinum Level Infant Care Provider to set your hospital team and healthcare system apart from the rest! Families have a choice where they deliver AND where they have their baby cared for when admitted for treatments; its time to step up the game!
Please click on our link "Infant Care" on the Woombie Med Pods website to learn more.
Swaddle safely! Be well.
"How has noone invented this already?!" says a baffled nurse when being shown the Woombie Bili Pod, swaddle for babies with jaundice being treated with phototherapy and works around lines and leads for preemies and term infants.
"You realize your competition is paper right?" says the product manager of a phototherapy device start-up who was in shock after seeing the Woombie Bili Pod at the AAP conference. The paper swaddle is disposable and falls apart very easily versus the Woombie Bili Pod that swaddles infants 360 degrees in a patented peanut-shape to mimic the womb and allow range of motion in shoulders and hips.
"I have been a neonatologist over twenty-years and I've never seen a swaddle with full luminosity like this one!" said a NICU doctor who tested the luminosity using her phototherapy machine. The Woombie Bili Pod allows full luminosity, contrary to its competitors allowing only 74-85% luminosity.
"The bili pod really did improve the overall hospital experience," reported the mother of a two day old baby boy treated at St. Davids south for hyperbilirubanemia. The baby had developed a rash from the mat cover being used initially, but it cleared within 24 hours of using the Woombie Bili Pod.
"We were thrilled to discover the Woombie Bili Pod swaddles our NAS population," said Harvard educated neonatologist who has been successfully swaddling infants withdrawing from opioid addiction at the childrens hospital.
"The Woombie Bili Pod is genius" says Leslie Brake, RN in south Texas.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find the sales rep and distributor in your region of the US or country of origin. Most hospitals order ten to trial and quickly move to purchasing hundreds to serve their wee patients!
Swaddle every baby for comfort, decrease triggrering the moro reflex, and assist with safe sleep. Boundaries prevent the "lost in space" feeling the baby like the one above is experiencing unswaddled.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following measures for safe sleep from birth to prevents SIDS or "crib death"
But, unfortunately, hospitals are using products in their newborn nurseries that do not follow these guidelines. When a newborn is swaddled in a blanket, you run the risk of swaddling too tightly and causing cold shoulder uscles and hips. If they're swaddled, too loose, this can be a suffocation risk as the blanket could come up over the face.
There's even a brand of wearable sleeping sacks that are being marketed to hospitals as "safe" despite having over 36 reported infant deaths using the product. This device is not made with developmental care at the forefront of its design. The fabric is not breathable, the infant hands are loose and the shape is not ergonimcally correct. In fact, this product has had numerous safety recalls for causing SIDS deaths. This is heartbreaking to the team here at Barski Vail Designs, LLC.
Help us help mothers and babies by using a Woombie Sleepy Pod from birth! Replace traditional blankets in Labor/Delivery units with a Woombie Sleepy Pod!
Reach out to find out who the sales rep and distributor is in your region or country of origin! email@example.com
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.
Chelsea Vail, MA, CCLS, Newborn Care Specialist and contributing inventor of Woombie Med Pods.