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The bodyCushion for Pregnancy is a positioning device that provides prone relief for late third term pregnancy. This anatomically designed tool allows pregnant women in the late third term to lie comfortably in a semi-quadrupedal (prone) position for extended periods of time. The patient is free of pain and pressure, allowing relief without risk of overstretching the uterine ligaments. The pregnant uterus is hammocked in an anatomically designed opening thereby relieving pregnancy induced back pain as well as fetus induced pressure on nerves and vessels in the pelvic girdle. The opening for the pregnant uterus and fetus is adjustable by way of Velcro-like straps that allow the pelvic support to be closer or farther from the support for the chest.
The bodyCushion for Pregnancy is comprised of two parts that are unified as one device. The upper part of the positioner can be separated from the base platform, in which case the upper part can serve to provide stabile, comfortable lateral recumbent positioning for the pregnant patient. To separate the upper part from the platform base, simply disconnect the attaching clips (one each side) and pull the chest part free from its Velcro-like attachments.
To allow side-lying on this upper part, the chest support and pelvic support are separated approximately four inches to allow placement of the patient’s shoulder between these two parts. The patient is positioned with their shoulder between these parts, with their shoulder resting on the treatment table and their arm extended, the torso is positioned in the mid-line aspect of the pelvic support, their torso then cradled and stabile. The usual compressive pressure to the shoulder when otherwise side-lying is eliminated as the shoulder is free of supporting pressure. The side of the patient’s head rests on the area of the sternum support of the chest support. The face crescent is then removed from its plastic base and placed beneath the patient’s head to cushion and cradle the side of the head in a way that provides lateral cervical support as well as relief for the patient’s ear. The uterus is then supported on the lower, sloping portion of the pelvic support. In the lateral recumbent (side-lying) position the Leg Support is placed under the patient’s upper leg with the hip and knee flexed 90 degrees, or with both lower extremities flexed in this manner, the Leg support is placed between the legs, (supporting between the legs). The patient experiences the lateral recumbent position in complete comfort.
The upper part, used for side-lying, can be quickly reconnected to the base platform by aligning the Velcro-like attachments that attach the parts together. Once the parts are aligned and securely attached to each other, the two side attachment clips can be connected, providing more secure attachment. (one on each side). With these two parts firmly connected, the device is then appropriate for positioning the patient prone during the late third term of pregnancy.
The bodyCushion for Pregnancy provides optimal support even in the late third term. The design of this support has been determined by PATH, (an NGO concerned with maternity issues worldwide seeking an answer for preclampsia), to be appropriate for supporting the expectant mother face in the later third term. This PATH - approved design also supports all clients and patients, women and men, providing control during treatment for access, stability, and comfort.