We cannot change the world but we help every mother change the world of her own baby or child, whether s/he is healthy, ill, premature, in pain, or in distress.
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 for anyone that would like to purchase them. Parents of sick or hospitalized children receive discounts as well as we match the donation to hospitals under our On Behalf Of Zachary (OBOZ) Program.
The Zakys are made to be an extension of the parents by simulating the shape, weight, touch, and scent of the parent's arms that comfort the children when the child cannot be held or when mothers have other obligations and can't hold the child.
The Kangaroo Zak is a successful ergonomic tool for kangaroo care (skin to skin contact) that provides proper posture (for parent and for the baby), immediate access to the baby for any medical interventions, breastfeeding or pumping, and most importantly, significantly reduces the risk of accidental falls of newborns while being held in kangaroo care. It is used in NICUs, Post Partum units, homes, and any hospital units with babies less than 3 months old
Parallel to the work of research and development of our own products and services, we provide consulting and training services on developmental care, Parent-infant centered care, and Kangaroo Care. We also tailored ergonomic solutions for hospitals at their request.
Our History, Passion, and Vision
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.
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:
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.