Have you ever wondered about the environment you lived in as a Neonate and the technology that kept you alive?

 

The first modern infant incubators in Europe were created in the mid to late 1800’s. Dr. Martin Couney, a pioneer of Neonatology, operated exhibits of premature infants in different parts of the world in the late 1800’s into the following century. In an effort to fund patient care and progress his research Dr. Couney charged the curious Coney Inland New York Public 25 cents per participant to view the infants/incubators. Please note the Baby Incubator Exhibit at the  1909 Seattle World’s Fair pictured below:

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A newer transportable incubator has been invented by a group of students engaged in a class project at Stanford University. Embrace was founded at Stanford University’s Institute of Design in 2007-08. The Embrace Warmer costs a fraction ( 1% ) of the cost of a standard incubator. Best of all, the incubator is effective, safe, simple, portable, hygienic, reusable, and creates the opportunity for kangaroo time with loved ones. It is used widely in India, and also used in Asia, Africa and Latin America. A video is better than a thousand words, right? Check this out!

Neonatal Womb Warriors! The process leading to the development of the Embrace Warmer is so inspiring! This video documents the Power we all have to create change and solutions through group consciousness and collective creativity.

Sending a shout out to the past and future NICU innovators (are you one?) Gift idea, friends! Spread the Warmth with Embrace!https://secure3.convio.net/cfcol/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app362b?df_id=1601&1601.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=7BBBDE31EEA42BB9AB0140AF026D208E

Excellent Bruddahs!

 

Author: Kathy Papac and Kathryn Campos

Kathryn (Kat) Campos: Hello, I am a former 24 week gestation NICU baby. I lost my twin brother Cruz at birth and encountered open heart surgery with no anesthesia at 3 weeks old weighing 1pound 3 ounces. I served on the University of Washington Medical Center Advisory Board Neonatal ICU Council from 2013 to 2015. I am passionate about assisting and supporting our Global NICU Community. If your a Preterm Birth/NICU survivor this blog is dedicated to you, your family, and all members of the NICU Community. Together lets support other NICU Grads, NICU babies, NICU families, NICU staff, and NICU facilities. We have stories to share and NICU journeys to help empower! Kathy Papac: NICU mom of surviving (Kathryn) and a deceased (Cruz) 24 week gestation twins. Neonatal Womb journeyer, counselor/legal expert with an MA certificate in Spirituality, Health and Medicine from Bastyr University. Passionate Global Community participant. Our goal is to recognize, honor and empower the Neonatal Womb community and shine light upon the presence and potentiality of the preterm birth survivors as vital community participants.

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