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When I was beginning my career in Child Life, I started by volunteering at a childrens hospital Child Life Department after class while I was in undergrad at UNT. I spent the bulk of my time on the respiratory unit with the trach babies. If you're unfamiliar with the term, "trach", its the short version of tracheostomy. Its a breathing tube placed in the trach of a baby in the case of the patients I was seeing.
These babies are connected to many monitors, tubes, often IVs and oxygen tanks as well. Due to the complications of the devices and medical equipment, they're limited to how much they can play and move. They also get suctioned sometimes every 10-15 minutes. I'm not sure what it feels like, but by the arm flailing, eye wincing, and gagging, I imagine its really annoying, if not painful every 10-15 minutes.
Enter the Woombie Trach Pod. A 360 degree swaddle in a patented peanut shape to mimic the womb for comfort and safe sleep while allowing range of motion in the shoulders and hips!
Its signature Bebeflex fabric provides flexion for muscle tone as the infant squirms inside of it. The arms can be brought out the snaps in the "big baby" size for play, prone, or feeding. Child Life Specialists using the Woombie Trach Pod say their babies are calmer and happier, especially during suctioning and procedures like IV placements or dressing changes.
When we put the first Woombie Trach Pod on a baby to trial it, we realized the deep V-neck not only allows space for a trach and breathing tubes, but its low enough for a post-operative cardiac patient. The sternum is exposed to keep dressings clean and dry and clinicians can view wounds easily without disturbing the baby.
The slits at the side also allow a broviac catheter to be released so baby can receive chemo, blood, iron, and other meds or fluids while staying contained and comforted. I spent four years on the 4North unit with the Hematology/Oncology patients at Dell Childrens Medical Center and have a heart for these babies as well.
Spread the word that Woombie Med Pods are designed to support the term infants with special needs, medical devices, and hospitalized for treatment on pediatric units. We're serving the underserved. WoombieMedPods.com
Chelsea Vail, MA, CCLS, Newborn Care Specialist and contributing inventor of Woombie Med Pods.