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Traditionally, "bili" babies, or babies with elevated bilirubin levels have been placed in a crib underneath phototherapy lights. Some hospitals use a phototherapy blanket, some use a wand, but no matter what type of treatment is used, these babies are left alone, unswaddled.
A nurse will come periodically and turn the baby to side-body position, supine, or prone, but they're left untouched and without boundaries except for a bendy bumper perhaps. The infant is sleeping and not in any pain so it may seem to the untrained eye that they're happy; however, their development and psychosocial wellbeing is still compromised. ALL newborns, especially neonates, need to be swaddled.
The Woombie Bili Pod is the first, and only, hospital grade swaddle sack for Bili babies! It's patented peanut-shaped swaddle keeps infant contained, but it's mesh fabric allows 95% of light through from phototherapy. Central lines, monitors and other medical devices can be weaved through mesh or using the patented double zipper. Families and nurses can complete diaper changes without disturbing the infant or causing undue stress from overstimulation.
"The Woombie Bili Pod is genius! I can't wait to get these on our mother/baby unit!"- Leslie Brake, Seton Healthcare Nurse, and inventor of the ACK Wrap
Chelsea Vail, MA, CCLS, Newborn Care Specialist and contributing inventor of Woombie Med Pods.