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Posted by on Aug. 7, 2014 at 3:57 AM
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http://www.lifenews.com/2014/08/06/amazing-new-pea-pod-invention-helps-premature-babies-survive/

Amazing New “Pea Pod” Invention Helps Premature Babies Survive

Barbara Kozol, a Medford pediatric therapist, has invented a “pea pod” for preemie babies to assist them during the first month after their arrival. Most premature infants struggle through a unique set of challenges before leaving the hospital and require constant monitoring. One of obstacles they may face is the inability to experience healthy and complete bone growth. Sarah Lemon, a freelance writer, said the following in The Mail Tribune about bone growth and preemie babies:

walter4“An increased risk of fracture accompaniespreemies‘ poor bone growth and density, leading to diminished height as adults. Consequently, the past decade has seen providers focus on physical-activity programs for infants in neonatal intensive care to stimulate the skeletal system.”

However, inventions like Kozol’s peapodgive preemies a greater chance of developing normally and in a comforting environment. The therapeutic pod is designed to imitate the secure, stretchy, and warm womb of a pregnant mother.

At the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery at Rogue Regional Medical Center in Oregon, Kozol is conducting a federally approved study of the pods’ affect on premature infants. The most recent recipient of the benefits of her invention is a little boy named Colton Shaw. Lemon describes Colton’s experience in the peapod this way: “Unless he is being handled by family or care providers, Colton resides 24 hours per day in the pea pod, where he pushes against the elastic material much as he did for 30 weeks in utero.”

She continues, “Pulling the pod’s hood up over Colton’s ears elicits a squall from the 3-pound, 5-ounce boy. But for the most part, the pod is a soothing mechanism as much as a therapeutic tool.”

The pod is an alternative to stimulation and joint compression that many pediatric therapists use to facilitate healthy bone growth. Although these therapies have positive outcomes, preemies are often irritated by the manipulation and unnecessary stress is put on the infant.

Additionally, Lemon said that the pod allowed Colton to stretch his limbs and strain against the confinement at his own pace and comfort level. “A month of this therapy is the goal of Kozol’s study, but some subjects do so well that the hospital discharges them from care before they can finish,” Lemon concluded.

This past year, 10 preemies have completed Kozol’s study, and many more are expected to be beneficiaries of the new pea pod.

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Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 3:58 AM

I saw this on my FB page this morning and wanted to share.

Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:10 AM
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Thank you CM Admins for featuring my post:)

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM
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I don't frequent the website from which you took this article. I have a question.

The picture in the article...what is it supposed to represent? The preemie in the article was 30 weeks. That pic couldn't be that baby. It isn't showing the peapod.

So why is it there and what does it mean?
Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM


Quoting romalove: I don't frequent the website from which you took this article. I have a question. The picture in the article...what is it supposed to represent? The preemie in the article was 30 weeks. That pic couldn't be that baby. It isn't showing the peapod. So why is it there and what does it mean?

The picture is a premature baby and 30 weeks is premature as babies have been born at 21 weeks. It's an article about saving lives of premature babies which I found on my FB page.

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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21 weeks is considered pre-viability. I understand the story. I also know that there is emotional manipulation going on. The picture doesn't represent the type of baby that is being helped with the peapod, but the article wants you to think that it does.

Quoting Sweet_Faith:

Quoting romalove: I don't frequent the website from which you took this article. I have a question.

The picture in the article...what is it supposed to represent? The preemie in the article was 30 weeks. That pic couldn't be that baby. It isn't showing the peapod.

So why is it there and what does it mean?

The picture is a premature baby and 30 weeks is premature as babies have been born at 21 weeks. It's an article about saving lives of premature babies which I found on my FB page.

Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM
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you're entitled to your opinion

Quoting romalove: 21 weeks is considered pre-viability. I understand the story. I also know that there is emotional manipulation going on. The picture doesn't represent the type of baby that is being helped with the peapod, but the article wants you to think that it does.
Quoting Sweet_Faith:

Quoting romalove: I don't frequent the website from which you took this article. I have a question. The picture in the article...what is it supposed to represent? The preemie in the article was 30 weeks. That pic couldn't be that baby. It isn't showing the peapod. So why is it there and what does it mean?

The picture is a premature baby and 30 weeks is premature as babies have been born at 21 weeks. It's an article about saving lives of premature babies which I found on my FB page.


AdrianneHill
by Bronze Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM
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What a neat story. I hope it works. Biomimicry is the way to go
romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM
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I am entitled to my opinion, but what part of what I said do you think is not factual?

And by the way, the peapod sounds interesting and I hope it does help gently strengthen preemies.


Quoting Sweet_Faith:

you're entitled to your opinion

Quoting romalove: 21 weeks is considered pre-viability. I understand the story. I also know that there is emotional manipulation going on. The picture doesn't represent the type of baby that is being helped with the peapod, but the article wants you to think that it does.

Quoting Sweet_Faith:

Quoting romalove: I don't frequent the website from which you took this article. I have a question.

The picture in the article...what is it supposed to represent? The preemie in the article was 30 weeks. That pic couldn't be that baby. It isn't showing the peapod.

So why is it there and what does it mean?

The picture is a premature baby and 30 weeks is premature as babies have been born at 21 weeks. It's an article about saving lives of premature babies which I found on my FB page.

Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM
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Why do you feel the need to evaluate every technical detail about everythng? Why not just be glad that lives are being saved.

Quoting romalove: I am entitled to my opinion, but what part of what I said do you think is not factual? And by the way, the peapod sounds interesting and I hope it does help gently strengthen preemies.
Quoting Sweet_Faith:

you're entitled to your opinion

Quoting romalove: 21 weeks is considered pre-viability. I understand the story. I also know that there is emotional manipulation going on. The picture doesn't represent the type of baby that is being helped with the peapod, but the article wants you to think that it does.
Quoting Sweet_Faith:

Quoting romalove: I don't frequent the website from which you took this article. I have a question. The picture in the article...what is it supposed to represent? The preemie in the article was 30 weeks. That pic couldn't be that baby. It isn't showing the peapod. So why is it there and what does it mean?

The picture is a premature baby and 30 weeks is premature as babies have been born at 21 weeks. It's an article about saving lives of premature babies which I found on my FB page.


romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM
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I think we should all be aware of when we are being manipulated by media.

Quoting Sweet_Faith:

Why do you feel the need to evaluate every technical detail about everythng? Why not just be glad that lives are being saved.

Quoting romalove: I am entitled to my opinion, but what part of what I said do you think is not factual?

And by the way, the peapod sounds interesting and I hope it does help gently strengthen preemies.


Quoting Sweet_Faith:

you're entitled to your opinion

Quoting romalove: 21 weeks is considered pre-viability. I understand the story. I also know that there is emotional manipulation going on. The picture doesn't represent the type of baby that is being helped with the peapod, but the article wants you to think that it does.

Quoting Sweet_Faith:

Quoting romalove: I don't frequent the website from which you took this article. I have a question.

The picture in the article...what is it supposed to represent? The preemie in the article was 30 weeks. That pic couldn't be that baby. It isn't showing the peapod.

So why is it there and what does it mean?

The picture is a premature baby and 30 weeks is premature as babies have been born at 21 weeks. It's an article about saving lives of premature babies which I found on my FB page.

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