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We are arguably the best on family-centered developmental care and kangaroo care / skin to skin care devices and tools. The Zaky Experience in NICUs

Dear Clinician:

First and foremost, THANK YOU for the work that you do taking care of preemies, sick babies (like mine once was), and children saving their lives in the NICU, PICU, rehab, oncology, or other pediatric hospital units. You also care for families, teaching them how to care for their babies and making sure babies feel loved.  

The Zaky ExperienceThe ICU may be a lonely place for patients, especially during COVID-19.  Not every parent can stay 24/7 for the duration of the hospitalization.

Thank you for taking the time to lean why The Zaky system is arguably the most effective, safe, natural, nurturing, warm and cost-effective multi-sensory experience for hospitalized babies and their families:


      • White paper: The Zaky offers Trauma-Informed-Care for hospitalized babies and their families (by Mary Coughlin).
      • The Zaky enhances the satisfaction of patients, parents, and staff around the clock.
      • The Zaky improves healthcare outcomes. It improves bonding, self-regulation, Zero Separation, neuro-protection, non-pharmacologic pain management, safety, and developmental outcomes with a heavy dose of positive parental involvement.
      • The Zaky reduces the cost of care and is engineered to prevent human errors and injuries.
      • The Zaky experience includes The Zaky HUG for babies on the bed or in the incubator, The Zaky ZAK for holding skin to skin or clothed.

I have a Ph.D. in ergonomics and safety engineering, I am the mother of Zachary (a former micro-preemie), and I made a promise to dedicate my life to give back to the neonatal community by applying love and science to improving the quality of care of babies like Zach and families like mine, on his behalf.

Five months and two different NICUs with my son, Zachary, and my love for science make me uniquely qualified to engineer The Zaky to promote the baby's sleep, safety, and physical, psychological, physiological, and neurological development and a much-needed dose of family integration.  Parents that feel empowered are more satisfied and calmer, which in turn, calms the babies.

The Zaky is arguably the most valuable and most effective solution to calm, comfort, and nurture babies and small children hospitalized or under medical care that is also support for transitioning to safe sleep in the NICU and then at home.

Like adults, relaxed babies also sleep better, hurt less, eat better, breathe better, require less medication so that they can grow, heal, and develop the brain. The best place is on the parent's chest, skin-to-skin (see the poster here).  All these also reduce the mother's stress, and a relaxed mother calms her baby more effectively, gains confidence, and produces more and better milk. 

Use The Zaky around-the-clock for #ZeroSeparation and to translate evidence into practice to improve the quality of life of babies, families, and clinicians.

The Zaky has tools that enable clinicians and parents to provide around-the-clock neuroprotective developmental care, developmental care, family-centered care, and empathetic trauma-informed care

Here is an overview and helpful links: 

The Zaky ZAK® is the only evidence-based device engineered to hold preemie or sick babies skin to skin or clothed in the hospital and then at home.

It provides an ergonomic micro-environment for safety, warmth, love, healing, nutrition, development, growth, and protection for babies weighing 1 to 15 lbs. 

The simple, adjustable, quiet, easy to use, strong, and practical design with zippers:

  • Ensures perfect fit every time.
  • Enables easy and quiet access at all times.
  • Does not use Velcro (Velcro® is loud, disruptive, difficult to reposition, and loses strength with every wash) or ties (ties create pressure points)
  • Minimizes human errors.
  • Significantly reduces risks of falls or injury.
  • Provides a predictable and safe experience for clinicians, parents and patients before, during, and after holding.

 Learn more about:

  • The Zaky ZAK®
  • Independent Clinical evidence show significant improvement of duration, frequency, parent satisfaction and used for patients with heart disease and term babies after going home.  

The Zaky HUG is the only device engineered with parents in mind.  It extends a loving touch by simulating the shape, weight, scent, and touch of your hands and arms that HUG and comfort the baby while not being held.

One universal weight and size allows you to provide individualized care to all babies.

Similarly to adults, babies sleep better when the bed and items that touch them feel familiar, warm, safe, and comfortable, and interventions create as minimal disruption as possible. Hence the importance of using one pair of The Zaky HUG day after day, shift after shift, preferably scented with the scent of the parents (they hold The Zaky HUG to their skin on the chest or behind the neck for 30 minutes).

One pair of The Zaky HUG virtually replaces all other developmental care devices:  nests, rolls, positioners, attachment aids, transitional aids, comfort aids, etc., to keep a predictable environment where patients self regulate significantly more effectively and even with decreased apnea and bradycardia and reduce pain indicators

.Learn more about:

  • The Zaky HUG
  • Independent Research that evaluates The Zaky HUG in NICUs:

The Zaky ZEN® is our organic and natural wellness and skincare line for babies and those who love them. For example, use The Zaky ZEN organic soap to cleanse and soothe your skin, prepare it to scent The Zaky HUG, or hold your baby with The Zaky ZAK. Wear The Zaky ZAK to hold the baby immediately before or/and after the baby's bath using the baby bath tea.

The Zaky mobile app is for new parents of hospitalized infants, those discharged, or at home.Track and log kangaroo care/skin-to-skin contact, feeding, sleep, growth, hygiene, and other activities.  With the "baby's group," you collaborate with your guests to track, view, write notes and journal. Experts create educational modules specifically for parents.The Zaky app is free and in English, Spanish, and French.  Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Nurtured by Design. 

Other useful links:
Where to Buy The Zaky for Hospitals 

Request Risk-Free Trial of The Zaky

The Zaky System: The Zaky ZAK and The Zaky HUG - from delivery to discharge

The Zaky HUG and The Zaky ZAK - Recommendations and Warnings

Every patient is someone's baby, and we support nurturing them.  Parents give them love and show them there is a reason to fight. 

Love and scientific knowledge light our way.

 I invite you to watch the video from Oprah (7min) to see why I am here supporting babies like Zach, families like ours, and professionals like you.

Please contact us and we can answer any questions, present a live-demo, I can learn about your individual situation and explore how The Zaky can improve the care of all your patients.  

Yamile Jackson, Ph.D., PE, PMP
CEO, Nurtured by Design
Family-owned and operated.
Member of the NICU Parent Network (NPN)

Oprah Video (7min) about the story behind The Zaky

The HUFFPOST video (2min) shows The Zaky HUG in the NICU. 


Do you celebrate the International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day (aka Kangaroo Care Day)? 
Our CEO started it on May 15th, 2011, as part of our The Zaky Cares program to raise awareness and increase the practice of kangaroo care.  NICUs in every continent celebrate this life-saving intervention on Kangaroo Care Day.  Learn more at www.kangaroo.care