The VELA Neonatal Chair is a specially designed armchair aimed at enhancing the work environment for healthcare professionals and strengthening the bond between parents and newborns, particularly through skin-to-skin contact.
This chair allows for optimal angling during breastfeeding and milk pumping, reducing the need for repositioning and minimizing stress on the infant.
It effectively supports parents in maintaining uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact with their child.
The chair's sit-to-stand assistance aids parents in sitting down or getting up with or without the child, which is especially appreciated post-cesarean section .
Improper working positions are avoidable by adjusting the chair to suit the staff's ergonomics and the current examination.
It occupies less space than a hospital bed and is as easy to operate with its electric functions.
Magic Premium lives up to all the requirements of the health sector, including durability and hygiene. Magic Premium can be disinfected using solutions of 70% ethanol or chlorine disinfectants containing up to 5,000 ppm of active chlorine. Magic Premium provides a comfortable, non-slippery surface.
Magic Premium is manufactured by Cotting Group.
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EN 1021 1-2
BS 5852 Crib 5
B2 (DIN 4102)
The padding is Oekotex labeled and surface resistant to blood and urine (EN 12720).
The fabric must be cleaned regularly with pH-neutral soap and a soft cloth. Always wipe dry with a clean, wrung-out cloth.
The fabric can be disinfected using cleaning products containing up to 75% ethanol. It is also possible to disinfect with chlorine, using products like Actichlor Plus with concentrations of up to 5,000 ppm. Always wipe dry with a clean, wrung-out cloth (rinsed in clean water).
About: The Department of Neonatology is a specialised department where premature children and newborn children with illnesses are cared for and treated. Neonatology departments focus on the development of the children admitted and the wellbeing of the families in general.
Betty Nørgaard, Quality Coordinator, on the VELA Neonatal Chair:
This hospital chair for patients allows parents to be more independent. Previously, they would need help placing a pillow under one arm. Then they would need help reaching the mother’s milk. When sitting in the VELA chair, parents can adjust the position themselves if they need to. Maybe they want to lean back a little further or put their legs up. It means a lot to the parents to be able to do the small things themselves while sitting with their child.
The work environment is improved for our staff, as the chair can easily be raised and lowered using a remote control. This means that the staff no longer have to work hunched over or stand in uncomfortable positions when showing or helping parents feed their baby, which was often the case with our previous recliners.
The chair looks homely and as the parents are often at the hospital for a long time, it means a lot to them if the environment feels more like home.
The chair is comfortable, so the parents can sit with their child for long periods of time without experiencing discomfort.
Reference: Mother of a preemie
Department: Mother and Child Center, Reinier de Graaf Hospital, Netherlands
About: The Mother and Child Center offer family-oriented care.
Mother of a preemie, Mother and Child Center, Reinier de Graaf Hospital, Netherlands
The VELA Neonatal Chair is comfortable and easy to use. I cuddled with my daughter for hours. While I was with my daughter, the doctor checked her. That went well. I liked that I could stay in the chair. Because the height of the VELA is adjustable, the doctor could do her job. My daughter and I enjoyed Kangaroo Care in the VELA chair.
Reference: Jana Wald IBCLC, Pediatric Nurse, Developmental Neonatal Supporter EFNB
Department: Neonatology Perinatal Center Level 1 Vivantes Hospital in Friedrichshain Berlin
Jana Wald IBCLC, Pediatric Nurse, Developmental Neonatal Supporter EFNB
The easy operation and convenient features, such as height adjustment and adjustable armrests, allow families to kangaroo care even with very small premature infants and sick newborns right from the beginning. The work of the nursing staff is significantly eased.
Watch the video about how the VELA Neonatal chair was conceptualised during a PhD project at Kolding Sygehus Department of Neonatology.
The chair was developed, in part, based on RCT studies, together with staff and patients at H6 Department of Neonatology at Odense University Hospital (OUH) and P3 Department of Neonatology at Kolding Sygehus Hospital.
Increase patient comfort and independence
Improve work environment for staff
Improve operations at the hospital
Functions of the Chair:
Watch this video about the different settings available. See how these features support workflow through a good standing position, and give parents the best chance of sitting comfortably with their child even for long periods of time.
VELA medical chairs are designed to meet the stringent hygiene and disinfecting requirements in the healthcare sector
For optimal hygiene, chairs have easy-to-clean surfaces without recesses where dirt might gather, including the underside of the chair
All backrests are supplied with edge bands to prevent dirt collecting in the joints
All parts can withstand disinfection, for example, with alcohol or chlorine at the recommended concentration and mixing ratios
Tests and approvals
CE marking: The chair is CE marked in accordance with the Medical Device Regulation MDR 2017/745, which means that the chair complies with all European security requirements.
EMC-test: The chair´s electrical functions are tested and approved in accordance with the latest demands regarding electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), both in terms of radiation and susceptibility, which means that the chair is completely safe to use with all types of electrical equipment, including pacemakers and cellphones.
IP21: The chair´s electrical functions are tested and approved in accordance with IEC 60529 and has an Ingress Protection (IP)21 degree of security, meaning that all components are waterproof and safe to use. This also means that all electronics are protected from waterdrops as well as touch.
Developed in collaboration with Sygehus Lillebælt and the University of Southern Denmark, the VELA Neonatal Chair creates optimal conditions for staff in maternity and neonatal units, as well as for parents and newborns.
Better Working Conditions in Maternity and Neonatal Units
A 2023 study showed that a chair specifically designed for maternity and neonatal departments improves working conditions compared to a hospital bed . It reduces the workload for staff, as parents can independently sit and reposition themselves with the child during sessions. The chair is also a welcome tool for maintaining an appropriate working height for the staff without interrupting kangaroo care, such as when taking blood samples from the infant.
Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact
The World Health Organization and various studies recommend skin-to-skin contact for prematurely born infants with their parents, as it’s proven valuable for the child’s development and healing [1,2,7]. This contact helps stabilize the infant’s temperature, heart rate, and breathing, promotes weight gain, and encourages healthy sleep patterns. It also supports the bonding process between parent and child. Additionally, it reduces parental stress [1,2,7].
Research also indicates challenges associated with skin-to-skin contact in maternity and neonatal units: parents’ concerns about holding their children, lack of attention from staff, and limited resources and space [3,4,5].
How an Armchair is Better for Skin-to-Skin Contact
The VELA Neonatal Chair supports the kangaroo method by occupying less space than a hospital bed while providing better armrest and base support, enabling parents to perform skin-to-skin contact with their child. Adjustable armrests, back and seat angling, and leg support relieve parents during extended kangaroo care sessions. The chair also offers more support than a traditional hospital bed in physically demanding situations like breastfeeding or when the child needs to be bottle-fed or tube-fed. A 2023 study revealed that parents experienced significantly greater comfort using an armchair for skin-to-skin contact compared to those using a hospital bed .
1 Kostandy, R.R., and S.M. Ludington-Hoe. 2019. “The Evolution of the Science of Kangaroo (Mother) Care (Skin-to-Skin Contact).” Birth Defects Research 111 (15): 1032–1043. doi:10.1002/bdr2.1565.
2 Ionio, C., G. Ciuffo, and M. Landoni. 2021. “Parent-Infant Skin-to-Skin Contact and Stress Regulation: A Systematic Review of the Literature.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (9): 4695.
3 Jesney, S. 2016. “A Critical Analysis of the Role of the Nurse in the Implementation of Skin-to-Skin on the Neonatal Unit.” Journal of Neonatal Nursing 22 (2): 68–73. doi:10.1016/j.jnn.2015.04.008.
4 Seidman, Gabriel, Shalini Unnikrishnan, Emma Kenny, Scott Myslinski, Sarah Cairns-Smith, Brian Mulligan, and Cyril Engmann. 2015. “Barriers and Enablers of Kangaroo Mother Care Practice: A Systematic Review.” PLoS One 10 (5): e0125643. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0125643.
5 Blomqvist, Y.T., L. Frolund, C. Rubertsson, and K.H. Nyqvist. 2013. “Provision of Kangaroo Mother Care: supportive Factors and Barriers Perceived by Parents.” Scandinavian journal of Caring Sciences 27 (2): 345–353. doi:10.1111/j.1471-6712.2012.01040.x.
6 Betty Noergaard, Marianne Ravn & Poul-Erik Kofoed (2023): Parents’ comfort and staffs’ working-environment when infants are sitting skin-to-skin: a randomised controlled trial comparing a recliner and a hospital bed