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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.
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Chelsea Vail, MA, CCLS, Newborn Care Specialist and contributing inventor of Woombie Med Pods.