There’s never really been a great way to keep our babies safe in the car during the pregnancy stage. Until now with the Tummy Shield. What is the Tummy Shield?
We realize there is a need to address the positioning of the seat belt during this special needs time frame called pregnancy.
It all began with a dad/engineer in Australia who experienced slamming on his brakes while his pregnant wife was a passenger in the car. She had a bruise from the seat belt but everything else seemed fine and their pregnancy went on seemingly normal.
Some time after their child was born, they realized her development was not progressing normally. Their doctor determined she had a brain injury that occurred during pregnancy and agreed it was likely from that sudden stop incident.
After much research for a way to prevent anything like that in their subsequent pregnancies and finding nothing, he invented the Tummy Shield.
The Tummy Shield is a seat belt positioning device for pregnant women to provide more comfort and safety while driving or riding in a car.
The Tummy Shield has been crash tested to make sure it performs at least as well as the vehicle seat belt while redirecting the seat belt away from the pregnant woman’s (or other stomach surgery patient’s) abdomen.
It looks like a nice cushy cushion but inside is a highly engineered piece of steel and anchor which creates an anchor point between the legs much like a race car driver’s seat belt.
Take a look at the insides in this video!
Did you find the seat belt uncomfortable during your pregnancy? Or did you wonder how it could be safe? Share your comments below.
By Greg Durocher, CEO at Safe Ride 4 Kids and certified CPS Technician Instructor since 2002
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