ABOUT TUMMY SHIELD
The tummy shield is invented and designed in Australia, it has undergone vigorous tests in some of Australia’s leading tests facilities, including crash tests at high speeds. The inventor is an Australian engineer, he came up with the idea after his daughter was born with severe brain injury as a result of sudden seatbelt pressure on his wife's tummy while pregnant. The Tummy Shield is a comfortable cushion with a carefully engineered and patented piece of high tensile stainless steel, weighing approximately 3 kgs embedded within the cushion for comfort, it works by redirecting seatbelt pressure away from the abdomen to the thighs and pelvis area, hence keeping seat belt pressure away from your tummy and your baby. Tests have shown that this pressure can be as high as 2 Tons (2000 kgs), it is no wonder that numerous tests have shown that car crashes are the leading cause of death and injury to pregnant mothers and their unborn babies, tests have also shown that in crashes where the mother only sustained minor injury or not injured at all her unborn baby can still sustain a serious injury or death.
The tummy shield
is the only product in the world that is designed and crash tested to withstand this level of pressure it is also the only product in the world that is designed and tested to comply with ADR (Australian Design Rule).
The tummy shield is designed to reduce the risk of injury to mum and baby in the event of an accident or sudden braking and it will also make using a seatbelt while pregnant much more comfortable.
The tummy shield has been in the making for several years, the inventor is an Australian engineer and a father of four young children, during the pregnancy of their first child, while driving with his wife who was about 7 months pregnant, they encountered a traffic situation in which he had to swerve to avoid an accident, that action resulted in the car hitting the curb and coming to a sudden stop, nobody was injured at this incident, but his wife had some minor laceration to her tummy, and she commented when asked if she is OK, “I am fine, but I am worried about the baby”, the pregnancy progressed to full term and a little beautiful girl was born, at birth everything seemed normal, but the parents noticed that the child did not progress mentally and physically, they sought medical advice. They were advised that their child has some form of a brain injury, and the doctor commented that “it could have happened anytime during the pregnancy”, but the parents immediately knew exactly when it happened. When the parents mentioned this incident to the Neurologist, he commented that “this could be the likely cause of your daughter’s brain injury”.
Both parents spent hours researching any information regarding pregnant women and motor vehicle accidents, they were alarmed at their findings. Most alarming are studies undertaken in the USA. Studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association states that “Motor vehicle crashes account for four of five deaths that occur among unborn babies of pregnant women who experience trauma”, put simply that is 4 out of every 5. Another study by Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC), states that “Pregnant women who are hospitalised following motor vehicle crashes are at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, even if they are not seriously injured or not injured at all”, which means even at low speed a seat belt trauma can cause serious injury to mum and baby.
During the pregnancy of their second child both parents started looking for some accessory or device that will remove the seat belt away from the tummy area, but all they could find were some devices that were designed to hold seat belt down in front of the tummy. The father being an engineer and with many hours of research into seat belt injuries knew that these devices will be totally useless in the event of an accident or sudden braking, which they have experienced with tragic consequences.
Since then it has been the father’s mission to find a solution to this serious problem, he commissioned one of Australia's leading biomechanical engineers, they built several prototypes and conducted numerous tests including crash tests at high speeds at some of Australia’s most respected and internationally accredited testing facilities. Tests revealed that the force on the tummy during a crash or sudden braking could be as high as 2 Tons (2000 kgs). Tests also revealed that during a crash or sudden braking the body’s motion is submarining, which means that the body pushes down under the seat belt, you can see this clearly on our slow motion video clip. This motion combined with the body’s weight causes most harm to pregnant women. They knew that for their design to work it must be able to overcome these problems. After several prototypes and tests they came up with the perfect design which is a plate incorporating a hook made of high tensile stainless steel weighing 3.5kgs incorporated within a cushion for comfort.
We believe that tummy shield cushion is simple to fit and comfortable and easy to use, and could one day save the life of your unborn child or protect from a severe brain or other spinal injury.