If the Tummy Shield is so amazing and the issue of safe driving while pregnant is such a big deal, why didn’t my doctor tell me about it?
The simple answer to that question is: they don’t know what they don’t know. We haven’t talked to all doctors or midwives yet to raise the issue with them.
Doctors spend many years learning many things to help you have a healthy pregnancy. Car crashes during pregnancy is just not a topic prenatal providers delve into during their vast education unless they specialize in trauma.
Download our free PDF guide: Safer Driving During Pregnancy
The issue is
We’ve had seat belts in cars for about 60 years now. Until the Tummy Shield was introduced in Australia in 2008 there wasn’t a better option for pregnant women. So the best practice has been to wear the seat belt as directed by car manufacturers with the lap portion as low as possible “under” the pregnant belly.
The seat belt is designed to engage the hip bones during a crash to hold the occupant in the seat. When the lap portion is held in front of the hip bones, such as during pregnancy, the occupant will move forward until the seat belt engages the hips to restrain them. This can be at the detriment to the unborn baby. That has been the best option because at least we’re keeping mom in the car and doing what we can to protect the mom, which in the end is the best for baby.
But now there is a better way
Tummy Shield is a crash-tested device redirects the lap portion of the seat belt to the legs as opposed to the upper part of the pelvis where the pregnancy is residing. (Question about leg injuries visit this post here.)
Until now there hasn’t been a better way and now that there is, we haven’t had enough time to reach every healthcare provider (doctor, midwife, doula). That is our goal. Then to ultimately get the government and safety advocates on board with using the Tummy Shield as a special needs seat belt positioning device, with the special need being pregnancy or any other medical scenario where it is helpful to have the seat belt off of the abdomen.
If you would like to help spread this message you can download our Tummy Shield report to share with your doctor, midwife or other healthcare provider and start the conversation.
The studies we’ve found indicate there are about 3,000 pregnancies a year lost in car crashes. These are often preventable miscarriages. The Tummy Shield can be a huge step in protecting those unborn babies from the risks of the seat belt when in a crash during pregnancy.
We want to know, did your healthcare provider talk to you about driving during pregnancy? Share your comments below.
By Greg Durocher, CEO at Safe Ride 4 Kids and certified CPS Technician Instructor since 2002
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