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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 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:
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.
- Publication: Parent-Training with Kangaroo Care [using The Zaky ZAK] Impacts Infant Neurophysiological Development & Mother-Infant Neuroendocrine Activity
- Publication: Neonatal Skin-to-Skin Contact [With The Zaky ZAK]: Implications for Learning and Autonomic Nervous System Function in Infants With Congenital Heart Disease
- New Standard: Parents should be allowed to fall asleep during SSC or Kangaroo Care (KC)". The Zaky ZAK is the only device with a 5 step process to follow and allow parents to safely nap in the hospital while supervised.
- 4 reasons why The Zaky ZAK is the best Kangaroo Care Device
- Sizing of The Zaky ZAK
- The Zaky ZAK for Delivery, OR, and Postpartum.
- The Zaky ZAK for intubated babies
- Kangaroo Care/Skin to Skin with The Zaky ZAK
- What is "Eat/Sleep/Console Method of Care" for babies experiencing NAS?
- Why does The Zaky ZAK have zippers?
- How to evaluate a Kangaroo Care Device
- 5 things parents should do before holding in kangaroo care/skin to skin contact
- POSTER: Science Behind Kangaroo Care
- 10 Point Checklist for Baby’s Safe Positioning During Kangaroo Care with the Zak ZAK
- Birth Kangaroo Care Competency Checklist
- The Zaky ZAK, the RAPP tool, and the Sudden Unexpected Postnatal Collapse (SUPC) risk during birth skin-to-skin contact.
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:
Publication: RCT: Neuroprotective Core Measure 2: Partnering with Families - Effects of a Weighted Maternally-Scented Parental Simulation Device [The Zaky HUG] on Premature Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care
- Cochrane Library Publication: Effect of Facilitated Tucking Created with Simulated Hands [The Zaky HUG] on Physiological Pain Indicators during Venipuncture in Premature Infants
- What is "Eat/Sleep/Console Method of Care" for babies experiencing NAS?
- [The Zaky HUG for NAS babies] Pediatric Experts Find Aromatherapy Effective for Promoting Infant Healing, NAS Recovery
- Why does the Zaky HUG have the shape of the parents' arms/hands?
- The Zaky HUG - Instructional Videos for the NICU, PICU and units with babies and small children
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:
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