This research was published in the September, 2015 issue of the Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews

The Zaky® is a product by Nurtured by Design and it is the ergonomic device designed to provide nurturing developmental care to babies in the NICU since it was released in 2004 after 3 years of development.

It is now used in any unit in the hospital with babies and toddlers (pediatric/oncology/post partum/cardiology/etc.) and with healthy babies and children including those with working or traveling parents.

now it was proven to aid the premature infant’s in the study by significantly improving self-regulation and significantly decreasing apnea/bradycardia (Zero episodes for babies using maternally scented The Zaky).

It is our distinct honor to announce that the results of the independent randomized control trial about The Zaky have been published in the 2015 September issue of Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews – click here for the publication.

This independent clinical research about the Zaky [maternal simulated intervention] was presented at the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Annual Meeting (Washington DC, Nov. 2011), and at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Annual Conference (Palm Springs, CA, Oct. 2012)

Neuroprotective Core Measure 2: Partnering with Families – Effects of a Weighted Maternally-Scented Parental Simulation Device on Premature Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care

It was funded in its entirety by Georgia College and performed at the Regional Medical Center of Central Georgia. We want to congratulate and thank the principal investigators and all the team that worked on this groundbreaking research:

  • Kendra Russell, PhD, RN – Macon Graduate Center, Georgia College & State University
  • Barbara Weaver, RN
  • Robert L. Vogel, Ph.D, – HSU College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University
Conclusion: Neuroprotective supportive care using a weighted maternally-scented parental simulation device resulted in increased physiologic stability of premature and early term infants through the promotion of self-regulation seen by reduction of stressful behaviors, and decreased apnea, and bradycardia.

VIDEO: Poster Research Presentation at the APHA Meeting, 2011
Washington DC: "Give them a hand to develop their brain"
By Barbara Weaver, RN,
NICU, Medical Center of Central Georgia,
Macon, GA

VIDEO: Conversation with Dr. Robert Vogel, PhD, principal investigator and biostatistician.
Professor of Biostatistics,
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of public Health,
Georgia Southern University,
Statesboro, GA
Click here for the poster's PDF file


2004: “Human Hand Mimetic Device Comforts High Risk Neonates”
Research presented at the XVIII International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Annual Conference in May 2004.