India-based Bang Design produced the industrial design for a new portable incubator called the Embrace. It’s like a mini sleeping bag which can provide lifesaving heat to newborns. he industrial design of the Embrace warmer was done in Creo by Bang Design.
Every year, 15 million babies worldwide are born preterm and over one million of those babies die shortly after birth while others suffer lifelong disabilities, according to a new report from the March of Dimes Foundation, the World Health Organization, and others.
The Born Too Soon report finds that prematurity is the leading cause of newborn deaths and the second leading cause of death after pneumonia in children under the age of five.
Inequalities in survival rates from country to country are staggering. Half of the babies born at 24 weeks (four months early) survive in high-income countries, but in low income settings, half the babies born at 32 weeks (two months early) die, the report finds.
The risk of a neonatal death due to complications of preterm birth is at least 12 times higher for an African baby than for a European baby.
Yet worldwide, 75 percent of preterm-baby deaths could be avoided if basic needs such as warmth, breastfeeding support, and care for infections and breathing difficulties were met – no need for expensive neonatal intensive care equipment.
And this is where San Francisco, CA-based company Embrace comes in. The company, founded by a group of Stanford students, is behind a new portable incubator—think mini sleeping bag—which can provide lifesaving heat to newborns.