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Nurtured by Design is the first company in its class.

As the global leader of neonatal ergonomics we provide solutions that significantly improve the environment/habitat of newborns in thousands of homes and hundreds of hospitals globally. Our products have been independently and clinically evaluated and positively recommended by families and important personalities and institutions in the healthcare industry globally.

We remain loyal to our philosophy of researching the importance of the parents in the care of the babies and how to positive integrate them in each of our designs.

More than a portfolio of commercial products, we create devices inspired on human nature and maternal instinct that actually save lives and improve the quality of life of babies, families, and society at large - for a lifetime.


  •   Zaky-Clinical Research

  • Product Development

  •     Kangaroo Care Research  

In Washington DC, on November 2nd, 2011, the independent clinical research project about the Zaky [maternal simulated intervention] was presented at the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Annual Meeting and will be presented at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) in 2012.

Effect of a maternal simulated intervention [The Zaky] on Physiologic and Developmental Behaviors of 28-34 Week Gestation Infants in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Research funded by Georgia College

Kendra Russell, PhD, RN , School of Nursing, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA
Barbara Weaver, RN , NICU, Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, GA
Robert Vogel, Professor of Biostatistics, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of public Health, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

Poster Presentation of the research at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting, Nov 2, 2011, Washington DC:

"Give them a hand to develop their brain"

Presented by Barbara Weaver, RN Co-Principal Investigator


Problem: Complications of preterm delivery are associated with numerous developmental abnormalities that may impact the overall quality of life of the infant. The literature supports the use of many developmental interventions for premature infants convalescing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Interventions have been shown to be beneficial to premature infants by helping to increase weight gain, shortened hospital stay, and improve bonding (Dodd, 2005). A number of devices that support developmental positioning of premature infants are currently in use in many NICU's. However, few of these support devices have been explored to determine the benefits for the infant.

The purpose of this study was to explore a maternal simulated intervention on physiologic and developmental behaviors of 28-34 week gestation infants in a Level III NICU.

Method: Using a quasi-experimental design, a sample of 45 infants was randomized into four groups to explore differences over time when developmentally appropriate interventions were applied. Differences in pain scores, episodes of apnea/bradycardia, vital signs, and occurrences of self-regulatory and stress behaviors were observed.

Results: Infants receiving the maternal simulated intervention had fewer episodes of apnea/bradycardia (p <0.05). The odds of observing stress behaviors over time were higher for the standard of care than the odds for the simulated intervention (OR = 10.5, p<0.05).

Conclusion: The simulated intervention used in this study [The Zaky] suggests an efficacious method to reduce adverse physiologic and developmental behaviors of 28-34 week gestation infants in a Level III NICU which has the potential to provide tremendous public health benefit.

Click here for the abstract at the APHA website

Since our first’s days as Zakeez, Inc. where our founder first invented The Zaky to save her own son, to our evolution as Nurtured by Design, we have always privileged the safety, sound development and stability of the baby, the natural desire of the parents to heal and nurture their newborn, and the need of professionals to provide the best care in each stage and area of developmental care to multiple babies simultaneously.

Behind every product there is a multidisciplinary team of professionals and families led by Yamile Jackson, (PhD in ergonomics engineering) supporting the success from product conception to implementation. Each product development project has a duration of around three years before the product is released to market.

The dedication of Dr. Jackson and the team to each stage of design and development has positioned us as pioneers in the creation of devices where the human factor is the most relevant differentiator.

We are working with several institutions in developing ergonomic solutions that meet their individual needs.

Contact us if you have identified an area in need for improvement, or need or have an idea for a new product that would solve a problem. We can provide assistance in all or any step from product or process improvement conception to manufacturing and marketing.

There is a great deal of evidence and research projects about Kangaroo Care worldwide. Use the bibliography below to find specific articles.

The information is generously provided, annotated, and updated by Dr. Susan Ludington and the United States Institute for Kangaroo Care (USIKC).