P19025: Skin to Skin NICU Baby Sling


Project Summary Project Information

Skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding are extremely beneficial practices during the beginning of a newborn’s life promoting proper emotional and physical development. In order to accomplish both of these tasks simultaneously it is necessary create a hands-free support of the baby that will offer a parent range of motion to perform simple tasks.

Our main goal is to develop a garment in conjunction with UR Medicine Golisano Children's Hospital that will provide skin-to-skin contact between a NICU baby and parent for an allotted period of time. The device will be easily removable and non-restrictive in nature encouraging interaction with the infant and activities such as pumping breast milk while allowing for the baby to be connected to vital monitoring.

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Project Sponsor

Project Sponsor

Project Name
Skin-to-Skin Baby Sling Garment for use in NICU
Project Number
Project Family
Medical Devices
Start Term
Fall 2018 (2181)
End Term
Spring 2019 (2185)
Faculty Guide
Don Pophal
Primary Customer
Casey Rosen-Carole, MD, MPH, M.Ed
Donna Barrows, RN, BSN, IBCLC-RLC
UR Medicine Golisano Children's Hospital

Team Members

Left to Right: Alessandro Fabiano, Hannah Giancola, Alyssa Clymer, Alyssa Tatti, Bryce Zimmerman

Left to Right: Alessandro Fabiano, Hannah Giancola, Alyssa Clymer, Alyssa Tatti, Bryce Zimmerman

Member Role Contact
Bryce Zimmerman Project Manager baz7923@rit.edu
Alessandro Fabiano Lead Engineer axf2489@rit.edu
Alyssa Tatti Facilitator & EDGE Coordinator amt2081@rit.edu
Alyssa Clymer Communications & Purchasing amc6800@rit.edu
Hannah Giancola Lead Designer hdg1432@rit.edu

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Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

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