Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
Joey Umbilical Safety System
Cutting an umbilical cord is an act fraught with peril. If you’re a father-to-be, relax! Say hello to the Joey Umbilical Safety System by Vital Needs and Maternus.
Vital Needs is the company that solved canine diarrhea. Now it’s saving us from umbilical cords.
The old fashioned way to separate mother and baby was to clamp one end of the cord, squeeze out blood, clamp the other end and then cut. That cut has the potential to expose the unsuspecting father to a spray of blood. In other words, dads, you might catch a disease from the woman with whom you’ve had Biblical relations.
The Joey is a plastic case that seals around the cord like a shield and slices with a single motion. Banking of cord blood is not hindered with the device.
The Joey gets locked in place on your baby, acting as a cord clamp, and goes home with you. That’s rightâ€¦ wait for itâ€¦ wait for itâ€¦ it’s a keepsake!
Oh, I kid. There is a serious side. Joey’s inventor has formed Joeyaid, a project aimed at bringing Joey to Africa. Why Africa? It seems the predominant tools used to cut umbilical cords in Africa are a razor blade and string. Joeyaid hopes to reduce HIV and Hepatitis C infections among African healthcare workers.
Bummer. Sorry to end this post on a reality downer.
Hey, how do you get a baby astronaut to sleep? You rock-et.
Ahh, that’s better.