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About Nurtured by Design


We help mothers change the world of their own baby or child, whether s/he is healthy, ill, premature, in pain, or in distress.



  •   Who we are

  • Why do we do it?

  •    Why does it matter?

Who we are and what we do


We are engineers, ergonomists, and professionals working to help parents nurture their child 24/7.

Whether the child is hospitalized, or simply not sleeping because s/he feels separation anxiety when the mom/dad cannot be present, our products help provide a human and ergonomic support that is important to soothe, position correctly, comfort, give boundaries and support, which are necessary to help the child sleep.

Our products and services provide comprehensive ergonomic solutions that work with every hospitalized infant, with zero negative side-effects, expensive or complicated equipment, medication/stimulants, or invasive procedures. We combine extensive effective family intervention, maternal/paternal instincts, ergonomic best practices with the healthcare team to successfully provide the best possible developmental care around the clock, from birth, regardless of developmental stage, size, or medical condition.

Who uses our products?

The Zakys are used in any hospital unit with infants and older children (Post Partum Units, Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Oncology, Cardiotoracic surgical patients) many child-care facilities (especially those caring for infants), and families at home.

The Kangaroo Zak is used in NICUs, Post Partum and hosptital units with infants of less than 3 months old, and at home.

Who pays for our products?

Hospitals that provide ergonomic developmental care and care centered on the relationship parent-child provide our products to the patients, at least while these are hospitalized.

We also sell them in our online store www.shop.nurturedbydesign.com


Our History, Passion, and Vision

Our History

Giving Back

We have donated tens of thousands of dollars in products to the most fragile babies and toddlers in hospitals and families of hospitalized babies around the world. See our On Behalf Of Zachary (OBOZ) Donation Program.

Our Vision

Nurtured by Design is an advocate of parent-child connection from birth while providing an ergonomic environment that promotes parent-child attachment, calmness, reduction of stress and ultimately sleep. We successfully integrate life sciences, innovation, education, engineering, and ergonomics to provide individualized developmental care that is parent-child centered.

Today, as in 2001, we remain loyal to our founder, leader, and CEO Yamile Jackson:

At his birth, I made a promise to my son Zachary that his pain and struggle to survive were not going to be in vain, and at Nurtured by Design we work on his behalf helping babies and families around the world, especially those that are hospitalized hence difficult to nurture, like he was.

By combining my own maternal instinct, my professional experience, and my PhD in ergonomics engineering, I was instrumental in helping Zachary not only to survive but to be healthy against incredible odds and medical prognosis. Since 2001, Zachary (our company's CIO - Chief Inspirational Officer) continues to inspire me to develop evidence-based devices that help families and healthcare staff provide the most comprehensive developmentally supportive care possible with proven sustainable results to every child.

By taking care of the family and the baby's development at birth, in the hospital, and later at home, we are able to improve their quality of life not only during hospitalization, but throughout infancy and for a lifetime.”

linYamile C. Jackson, PhD, PE, PMP

Family Owned, Small Business, HUB Texas, Minority Owned, Woman Owned Business - WBEA Certified


Why does it matter?

"Sleep is a basic physiological need. It is very important for recovery, growth, brain development, learning, and memory."


By using The Zakys, we not only provide a simulation of the presence of the parent, as the original glove did for Zachary 13 years ago. The Zaky now not only simulates the presence of the parent, but it also provides proper positioning to support the correct posture and musculoskeletal development, provides comfort, containment, boundaries, a sense of security, and all that combined results in babies are soothed, more relaxed, calmer, and all these are known to promote sleep.

In the womb, babies sleep 20-22 hrs/day, and about 18 hours when they are newborn. Hospitalized babies don't get nearly that much sleep. Babies only develop the brain, heal and grow when they sleep and our products and services are made to provide an ergonomic environment and humanize the care that promotes sleep.

The mother (at the baby's birth) and the father (soon after), are the only source of comfort, healing, and sense of protection to the baby that help faciliate sleep. Our products are the only ones in the market developed to promote a holistic care without the need of expensive equipment, medicine/side effects, or invasive procedures.

Click here to see the poster presentation about the research about The Zaky showing significant reduction of apnea/bradycardia and significant improvement in self-regulation for the babies in the study in a NICU in Georgia

brain at 24 weeks gestation brain at 40 weeks gestation

Sensory Systems that require sleep for normal development (Graven, 2008)

1. Somatesthetic (Touch)
2. Kinesthetic (Motion)
3. Proprioception (Position)
4. Chemosensory (Smell and taste)
5. Auditory (Hearing)
6. Vision (Seeing)
7. Limbic (Emotion)
8. Social learning
9. Hippocampus (Memory)

brain at 24 weeks of gestation

brain of healthy baby

at 40 weeks of gestation

“Sleep is a basic physiological need. It is very important for recovery, growth, brain development, learning, and memory.

Disturbances in sleep can cause exhaustion, damage to the developing body, dysfunction of the immune system resulting in susceptibility to infection, and it can cause serious stress and agitation.”

Bertelle, Sevestre, Laou-Hap, Nagahapitiye, & Sizun, 2007; Graven, 1997