Let’s take a look at some quick facts:
“The fact is that it is not possible to position the lap belt in a way that would prevent crushing the fetus in a frontal crash. Clearly lap and shoulder belts alone are not appropriate for use by pregnant women.” — James Hofferbirth, 2013, Prevention of Fetal Injury in Motor Vehicle Crashes
Let’s take a look at some quick statistics:
“Traffic safety is an established part of pediatric care and the low rates of motor vehicle traffic fatalities during infancy indicate that such efforts are effective. The current data highlight that such prevention needs to start even earlier as a part of standard prenatal care. Specifically, pregnant women should be advised by their physicians on the even greater importance of road safety before the baby is born.” — Evans and Redelmeier, 2015, Traffic Deaths Before and After Birth
While about half (48.7%) of prenatal care providers counsel pregnant women about using the seat belt during pregnancy. Only 27% of pregnant women recall any such discussion. (Weiss et al, 2007)
Even if all those women who heard their provider talk about driving remembered, half of the pregnant women who never had a discussion with their provider.
1. Learn about the options available for positioning the seat belt and consider whether they have a proven safety aspect.
The Tummy Shield™ is the only pregnancy seat belt positioner we’ve found that can actually increase safety for a pregnant women and her baby in the car. At Safe Ride 4 Kids, we consider to be Baby’s First Car Seat™.
2. We invite you to offer this potentially life-saving information to every pregnant women you see in your office with our healthcare provider kit.
Our healthcare provider kit which includes:
The Safe Driving During Pregnancy guide is about 10 pages with all a mom-to-be needs to know about the risks of driving and several tips to reduce the risk of injury if she does experience a crash.
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