“We really do need to get more information and to design vehicles better for this special population,” said Dr. Melissa Schiff, an obstetrician and epidemiologist at the University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center.
(PRWEB) September 22, 2014
Safe Ride 4 Kids announces that fetal deaths in car crashes are 4 times higher than for children - How do pregnant mothers keep their unborn babies safe while driving?
NBC News reported in 2009 that researchers and car manufacturers were shifting focus from infants and children in car safety and booster seats to how to prevent fetal deaths in the event of a car accident.
The 2009 NBC News article said researchers could develop a restraint system to help protect pregnant women and their fetuses.
While the system for reporting fetal deaths and trauma due to motor vehicle crashes is lacking, research into various studies show an estimated 300 to several thousand such deaths occur annually as a result of motor vehicle crashes — at least four times the number of victims between infancy and 4 years old.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that auto accidents are the single largest cause of death for pregnant women.
“We really do need to get more information and to design vehicles better for this special population,” said Dr. Melissa Schiff, an obstetrician and epidemiologist at the University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, who has done several studies on motor-vehicle crashes and pregnancy. “It just really flies under the radar — people focus so much on infants and booster seats.”
Ford was said to be a part of the research which was gathering data about dimensions of a fetus, uterus and placenta and how forces effect the tissue. Ford was hoping to use this data to increase the safety features in their vehicles taking into account the safety of pregnant women and their fetus.
The majority of fetal deaths occur when the force of the crash tears the placenta from the uterus, which cuts off oxygen to the fetus.
5 years later the best advice for driving while pregnant remains wear the seat belt properly placed low across the hips and pelvis and have the shoulder portion across the chest. There are only a few pregnant crash test dummies in research laboratories and those can’t depict what really goes on inside the womb during a crash.
There are several devices made to help pregnant mothers keep the seat belt low but only one engineered and crash-tested to keep the seat belt completely off the abdomen. The Tummy Shield is a maternity seat belt positioning device which sits underneath a woman while driving and provides a seat belt repositioning hook made of tensile strength stainless steel, moving the belt down away from the belly and creates a 4-point harness over the upper thighs. Not only does it help protect the fetus and its mother but also helps the mother feel more comfortable in the car thus helping ensure the mother wears the seat belt.
The Tummy Shield is designed to be a safe and effective alternative to the discomfort of seat belts during a woman's pregnancy. Greg Durocher, Founder of Safe Ride 4 Kids, says, "Most women find themselves pulling the lap portion of the seat belt down and holding it with their thumb or worse, not wearing a seat belt at all!" The invention of the Tummy Shield has revolutionized the way pregnant women can ride in cars with comfort, safety and peace of mind knowing that they and their babies are protected.
"Doctors tell women to never place the belt over the abdomen but should be placed low and snug over the pelvis. The problem with this is constant movement up and over the belly creating frustration and irritation for the mom and is a distraction while driving. The Tummy Shield redirects the belt away from the pregnant mothers abdomen comfortably and without distraction," says Durocher.
The Tummy Shield has gone through extensive product testing and crash testing to help protect unborn children from automobile related trauma.
The Tummy Shield has been in many major pregnancy magazines and has recently receive the honor of Top Choice Award for 2014 for Travel Safety for Moms-to-be from Creative Child Magazine and Baby Maternity Magazine.
Details and safety information regarding the Tummy Shield can be found on the http://www.tummyshield.com website.