The AEGIS Neonate Medical Wrap is a general wellness product that innovates labor and delivery by safely facilitating vital skin to skin bonding immediately after birth and reducing the risks of accidental infant falls.
What does the name mean?
AEGIS [ee - jis] - is the shield of Athena the goddess of wisdom and innovation. She uses AEGIS to protect herself in battle. Childbirth is a mother’s battle and our AEGIS wrap is her shield to protect her baby after birth.
How does it work?
The AEGIS wraps around the torso of the mother (or father/caregiver) and the neonate in a chest to chest position as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and fastens on the left side with 2 sets of eye hooks and a zipper. An additional shoulder strap can be lifted up over the right shoulder for added support when wearer is standing or walking. This allows the wearer to bond skin to skin with neonate safely hands-free, reducing the risk of accidental falls.
Why is the AEGIS Neonate Wrap Needed?
Mother and neonate skin to skin bonding during the first hour after birth has been proven to provide many health benefits for mother and baby. This first hour is referred to the Golden Hour or the Sacred Hour. The timing is of greatest importance.
464 U.S. hospitals hold the Baby Friendly qualification and practice immediate skin to skin bonding for neonate and mother after birth. These hospitals also encourage breastfeeding and neonates stay by and are cared for by their mothers during their entire hospital stay. Approximately 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year. 32% are born via cesarean which is a major abdominal surgery and 40% are born to unmarried mothers. For mothers who had cesareans, this could be a 4 to 5 day hospital stay and recovery from a major abdominal surgery. For unmarried mothers, this could mean they do not have assistance like a married patient.
Mothers are required to care for their newborns around the clock. Sleep deprivation, pain medications, hormonal changes, and recovery all cause extreme drowsiness. Mothers are falling asleep and accidentally dropping their babies or the babies are rolling into the bedding and suffocating.
How will patients access AEGIS wraps for their childbirth experience?
Hospitals. Hospitals will purchase the AEGIS Neonate Wraps and keep them in inventory to be used with each maternity patient. Hospitals will seek reimbursement for the AEGIS wrap from insurances when appropriate.
Website. The AEGIS Neonate Wrap can be purchased directly by a consumer through the SAPLACOR website.
AEGIS ReWrap Program. Once patients are done with using the AEGIS Neonate Wrap, they can return the wrap (in the poly envelope provided) to SAPLACOR. All used wraps will be inspected for wearability, washed, and sent to non profits to be distributed to women who do not have access to quality care.
Scale and Partnerships
The AEGIS wrap is manufactured in Sri Lanka, and will eventually be manufactured by the same company in their North Carolina factory. This manufacturer is a large scale manufacturing business and can produce 90,000 wraps per month. We will partner with hospital groups to meet the needs of their maternity patient populations through a team of representatives. We will work with non-profit organizations to distribute the used wraps to maternity populations across the globe to meet the needs of mothers who do not have access to quality care.
1. Decrease Risk Exposure. Injuries caused by accidental infants falls are the financial burden of the hospitals since insurance will not cover the costs to treat injuries that are considered preventable. The financial risk exposure can vary greatly to treat injuries. Lawsuits as a result to an infant injury or death can cost millions. As evidenced in the lawsuit Thompson v. Portland Adventist Medical Center. A mother was woken in the middle of the night after delivering her baby via cesarean delivery to breastfeed her baby. She informed the nurse she was too tired and the nurse told her to breastfeed and she fell asleep. Her baby rolled onto the side of the bed and suffocated to death. She is suing for $8.6 million. It is not just the financial loss but all the negative press that damages a hospital’s reputation.
2. Decrease Accidental Infant Falls and Suffocations. By providing a safer practice of the skin to skin bonding experience hospitals can reach their breastfeeding goals and decrease the risk of accidental infant falls. Decreasing infant falls will save the hospital money and resources from treating preventable injuries. A reduction of falls decreases the emotional toll these incidents have on hospital staff, families, and patients.
3. Increase Breastfeeding Rates. The concept behind the Baby-Friendly hospital practices is to increase successful breastfeeding rates and bonding between mother and baby. Breastfeeding has many health benefits for mother and baby that can last a lifetime.
4. Increase Patient Satisfaction. Hospitals want to provide a caring and safe experience for their patients. When patients feel cared for and their needs are met, they are happier and more relaxed. Nurses are doing the best they can to provide a safe and caring environment with the resources available to them.
5. Decrease Nurse/Caregiver physical and emotional fatigue. Nurses can care for a number of couplets (mother and baby). Typically, the ratio of postpartum nurses is 3 couplets, a total of 6 patients to one nurse. The responsibilities on the nurses pull them in many directions every hour of their shift in that each patient receives less than 10 minutes of the nurse’s attention per hour. When nurses cannot meet the care needs of patients who are hormonal, exhausted, and in pain it creates emotional stress on the nurses and patients. These demands cause decreases in the nurse’s effectiveness and create physical and emotional fatigue. AEGIS facilitates safe hands-free skin to skin bonding which is proven to relax mother, soothe baby, increase breastfeeding rates. More relaxed patients, and less crying infants may help reduce the emotional and physical stress on the nurses/caregivers.
6. Positions the Hospital as a Leader in Safety and Innovation. Women have been delivering babies in hospital gowns for generations. They are archaic and cumbersome. American women do not want their bodies exposed so they wear the gown simply because that is the way hospitals have been doing it for years. It’s time for a change. It’s time to make mother’s comfort a priority. It’s time for AEGIS. The practice of immediate skin to skin bonding is a good practice that yields many health benefits for mother and baby. AEGIS is the safer way to perform that practice. The Baby Friendly practice intentions are good, however, the large number of cesareans, and use of pain medication in America create a dangerous situation when exhausted, medicated mothers are expected to care for their babies around the clock. AEGIS provides support for all mothers to bond and care for their babies.