Paediatrics and Neonatal Chair

Paediatrics and Neonatal Chair

The unique Paediatrics / Neonatal Chair was developed in Scandinavia in a neonatology department where the children and parents have 24/7 skin-to-skin contact with their child. This is called Kangaroo Care or skin-to-skin contact (SSC). It is believed that the parents are the most capable of caring for their premature or sick baby. Kangaroo Care is an essential element when caring for premature and sick babies. Scientific research indicates that both short- and long-term Kangaroo Care has positive effects on the psychomotor and emotional development of the baby. Skin-to-skin contact is the basis of a healthy relationship between parent and child, it reduces stress and promotes healthy brain development. Kangaroo Care is therapy for parent and child.

The advantages

The comfortable Paediatrics / Neonatal Chair allows parents to spend more time with their child. The chair is electrically adjustable and can be set in various positions. Which increases the independence and self-reliance of parents, which is received as very pleasant. The medical personnel can carry out the necessary procedures, such as, blood sampling, physical examination or an ultrasound at an ideal working height, while the child is safely with its parents. This has the advantage that stress factors for both child and parents are minimized.

Unique features

  • Comfortable
  • User friendly
  • Optimized for the work environment
  • Easy to clean

Recent Research About the Paediatrics and Neonatal Chair

Recent scientific studies on Kangaroo Care and Neonatal Chair

Skin-to-skin contact between parents and premature babies is recommended as it has been proven valuable for the development and healing of babies. However, it can be challenging to adhere to this guideline while ensuring a good working environment for the staff. In this randomized controlled study, a new chair (the Vela kangaroo chair), developed in collaboration with parents and staff, was compared with a hospital bed for use in neonatal and maternity care. The comparison was based on the parents’ assessment of their own comfort/discomfort, self-sufficiency, and sense of safety, as well as the functionality of the chair/bed on two different days (Q1 and Q2) of the hospital stay. The physical working environment was evaluated through a questionnaire given to the staff.

Ninety-seven parents and 53 healthcare workers participated. Parents experienced significantly less discomfort in the chair in Q1 compared to the hospital bed. The staff had to turn and/or bend their backs significantly less often when working with the kangaroo chair than when providing care to the mother in the hospital bed.


Below are two scientific studies that you can read. These studies further explain and emphasize the benefits of the kangaroo chair.

  1. Research paper 1
  2. Research paper 2

Implications for healthcare

Due to the poor working environment, a participatory design project was initiated:

A new chair that increases the possibility for babies to have skin-to-skin contact with their parents. The chair provided a better working environment for the staff while allowing them to focus on improving the comfort and self-sufficiency of the parents, compared to a hospital bed.

IV injection with vela kangaroo care chair

The Paediatrics and Neonatal Chair in use

Benjamin Paediatrics and Neonatal Chair in use 1
Benjamin Paediatrics and Neonatal Chair in use
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