Family holding, or skin-to-skin contact, has been proven to provide numerous health benefits for both mothers and babies.

The Issue

Clinicians hesitate to allow child holding for NICU infants, fearing dislodgement of the attached critical key lines that could put the child in critical condition.


We believe parents should be able to safely hold their children in NICUs, and we strive to develop a device to secure these lines with guidance from Novonate.

MTM Student Engagement

This project encompasses conducting a user needs assessment, prototyping and designing a medical device, and developing the business strategy.

MTM Team Members

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Eera Sarda

B.A. Medicine & B.A. of Surgery

Newcastle University

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Nicholas Choquette

B.S. Chemical Engineering


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Fiara Llaguno

B.S. Biomedical Engineering

San Jose State University

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Andrea Guerrero

M.A. Biomedical Engineering

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya/Universitat de Barcelona