The Zaky is an award winning, evidence-based, ergonomically-designed device that assists with a newborn’s bonding, sleep, safety, sense of security, and posture. Currently, the Zaky is used in hundreds of hospitals around the world. It has the shape, weight, size, and touch of your hand and forearm. Scent it by placing it behind the neck or on the chest for at least one hour, and wash it inside the bag that comes with The Zaky.
The best place for newborns (preemies or healthy babies up to 3 months of age), is skin-to-skin on the chest of the parent. The Kangaroo Zak is the only ergonomic device for safe, comfortable, and prolonged kangaroo care sessions. It is a shirt made specifically for parents to hold preemies and healthy newborns.
Zen by Zak Wellness
Zen by Zak Wellness is our line of organic skin products that are designed specifically for infants. Our formulations never include synthetics, chemicals, parabens, sulfates, artificial colors, or fragrances.
In 2001, our CEO, Yamile Jackson (Ph.D. in ergonomics and human factors engineering), gave birth prematurely to Zachary, who weighed less than 2 lbs. Three weeks later, Zachary survived the deluge of Tropical Storm Allison that flooded his hospital in Houston, Texas and shut down all the power to his life-support equipment. His parents and the NICU staff kept him alive “by hand” for 9 hours until he was evacuated. Zachary was hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 5 months and his incredible story of survival was the inspiration of the TNT movie “14:Hours” sponsored by Johnson and Johnson. Yamile used her maternal instinct and professional abilities to humanize his care and provide him a more loving world where he could thrive. She promised Zachary that his pain and struggle to survive were not going to be in vain. Nurtured by Design is the pioneer and leader of ergonomics and human factors engineering applied to parents and children in low and high tech settings globally. Zachary is a healthy teenager and is Nurtured by Design’s CIO (Chief Inspirational Officer.)
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“Yamile Jackson thank you so much for this wonderful creation! You helped us more than you realize through our son’s NICU journey with the Zaky. Keira Sorrell, from Zoe’s Foundation, was wonderful enough to connect you and I when we first entered the NICU, and you were kind enough to send us training videos and[…]
“I started a donation for the hospital my girls stayed in because I feel every baby needs a fighting chance, and unfortunately, unlike myself some parents cannot be there every day because they have to go back to work or have a long commute.” [read more]
by Yamile Jackson I interviewed Dr Andrea Aldana about how to perform massage therapy during Kangaroo Care in the NICU. This interview was during the Kangaroo Care Conference in Italy in November 2016. Here is the research that I have found, please comment below if you have more info. The most used is a couple[…]
by Shannon Frey Marshall’s mom “My life forever changed on August 7th, 2015 when my son Marshall arrived into this world via emergency c-section weight only 4 pounds 15 ounces and 6 weeks premature. This would begin a 6 1/2 month (200) day journey in the American Family Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive care unit located[…]
We’ve grown up with The Zaky! Our daughter has come to rely on The Zaky both inside and outside the hospital. Cameron has had six hospital stays since birth and The Zaky has been by her side each time. She sleeps with her pair of The Zakys every night and we always bring them with us when traveling. Her The Zakys are so important they have been dubbed her “Nigh Nigh hands” and have earned a note in Cameron’s baby book: I had the The Zaky Hands (lime color) to help me get to sleep every naptime and night.
“My boys, Henry and Chuck, were born unexpectedly at 24+1 weeks and 24+2 weeks at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX. Henry weighed 1 lb 5 oz and Chuck weighed 1 lb 8 oz. One of our amazing primary nurses told us right away about The Zaky and we ordered them each a pair.[…]
10 Point Checklist for Baby’s Safe Positioning During Kangaroo Care
“After the shock of having Ashleigh, our 29 weeker in 2014, and all the problems associated with that, followed the heartbreak of not taking our precious baby home at night, the Tiny Tabatha Foundation donated The Zaky, and it was good to know that she had a protecting hand over her comforting her in our[…]
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