Laerdal Global Health
CarePlus is a wrap to help in the care of preterm infants.
The CarePlus is a wrap-style newborn and infant carrier that hopes to promote kangaroo mother care (KMC).
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Mothers and fathers of preterm babies
CarePlus is a textile garment which is mass-produced for Laerdal in China in quantities of 1000 – 5000 units per batch in order to get a low unit price.Interview with representative
The design is not patented or trademarked.
Open source: As our not-for-profit unit price of USD 7 may still be too much for local adoption in low-resource settings, we encourage local copying of CarePlus with adherence to LGH specifications for quality assurance. This has already happened in Ethiopia and Nepal.
The Laerdal® name and logo are registered trademarks.Interview with representative
The user can procure the CarePlus on the Laerdal Global Health website.
Approximately 11,000 units Interview with representative
The Careplus is made from high quality cotton. It is designed to be used during breastfeeding. It also has no ties on the back so it can be comfortably worn while lying down.
As any textile garment, it may last long if cared for and properly washed.
There is no set life limit.Interview with representative
CarePlus is designed with a goal to help mothers in providing continuous and quality KMC to their newborns. The goal is to help save 450,000 lives a year through near-universal coverage of Kangaroo Mother Care. According to Laerdeal Heath, the CarePlus is
– Safer: It feels more secure and keeps babies in correct posture. Mothers seemed to relax and did not feel the need to hold the baby.
– Comfortable: Allows movement, Less fatigue for back and shoulders due to wide straps on the shoulders.
– Easy to Use: Does not need an assistant. Facilitates frequent removal for breastfeeding.
– Gender Neutral: The look is very acceptable for fathers to wear as well
CarePlus (from 2018) is independently tested by INTERTEK for compliance with the newest European safety standard for baby slings: CEN/TR 16512:2015 – Child use and care articles – Guidelines for the safety of children’s slings. Interview with representative
Studies of the CarePlus show that it has potential to help increase uptake and quality of Kangaroo Mother Care.
Risks known to exist with baby carriers intended for larger babies (> 3.5 kg) in the US are at extremely low rate of occurrence and after negligent use by the wearer, are;
- trauma to the baby from the wearer falling onto the baby
- baby falling out of the baby carrier
Safety warnings listed in the User Guide (attached, for 2018 version) comply with CEN/TR 16512:2015 – Child use and care articles – Guidelines for the safety of children’s slings. Interview with representative
Background on Kangaroo Mother Care:
Born too soon: the global action report on preterm birth. Human Rights Documents online. 2012.
Lawn, J.E., Mwansa-Kambafwile, J., Horta, B.L. Barros, F.C., and Cousens, S. (2010). ‘Kangaroo mother care’ to prevent neonatal deaths due to preterm birth complications. International Journal of Epidemiology, 39 (Suppl 1), i144-154.
Specific for Care Plus:
CarePlus (from 2018) is independently tested for compliance with the newest European safety standard for baby slings:
CEN/TR 16512:2015 – Child use and care articles – Guidelines for the safety of children’s slings.
CarePlus is not a medical device, and medical device regulation does not apply.
CarePlus is not intended for use in the US carrying babies, so any US-specific regulations (US CPSC) or standards (ASTM) are not pursued.Interview with representative
The final iteration has been tested in focused group discussions in India, Nepal, Tanzania and Malawi. Studies show that a wrap has the potential to help increase the uptake and quality of Kangaroo Mother Care.
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