Support For Pregnant Abdomen Patents (Class 5/631)
  • Patent number: 9693920
    Abstract: A patient positioning system for use with a patient on a bed includes a sheet having a bottom surface configured to be placed above the supporting surface of the bed and a top surface opposite the bottom surface, and a wedge having a base wall, a ramp surface, and a back wall, with the ramp surface joined to the base wall to form an apex. The wedge is positioned under the sheet such that the base wall confronts the supporting surface of the bed and the ramp surface confronts the bottom surface of the sheet. The bottom surface of the sheet and the ramp surface of the wedge have engagement members forming a selective gliding assembly that resists movement of the sheet with respect to the wedge in at least one direction and permits movement of the sheet with respect to the wedge in at least one other direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SAGE PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Paul M. Fowler, Craig S. Golden
  • Patent number: 9545157
    Abstract: A mattress and method of manufacturing the same are provided that may be used during pregnancy. In particular, a mattress and method of manufacturing the same are provided that include a main body portion. The main body portion may define a top surface, bottom surface, first side surface, second side surface, foot surface, and head surface. The mattress may further define a cutout formed in the top surface. At least one insert may be provided that may be disposed in the cutout of the main body portion, with the at least one insert including a substantially concave surface that may receive a user's stomach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Felicia Smith
  • Patent number: 9414698
    Abstract: An incredibly soft, yet supportive, form-fitting head cradle that aids in consistent and comfortable back sleep while eliminating pressure on, or anything touching, your facial skin during sleep. The Back to Beauty™ Anti Wrinkle Head Cradle is a support designed to cradle the head and neck and keep anything from touching facial skin. It is made with a down or alternatively micro fiber materials. It has unique crescent-shaped head supports to deliver the stability and comfort necessary for successful nights sleeping without anything touching the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Helene Elizabeth Sheeler-Johnson
  • Patent number: 8863334
    Abstract: A pillow system includes a head pillow having a top end, a bottom end, and a connector disposed at the bottom end. A leg pillow has a top end, a bottom end, and sides extending between the top end and the bottom end. The leg pillow also includes a top connector at the top end, and a side connector at one of the sides. The connector of the head pillow is configured to be coupled to the top connector of the leg pillow. The pillow system also includes a torso pillow having a top end, a bottom end and two sides, and a connector disposed at one of the sides. The connector of the torso pillow is configured to be coupled to the side connector of the leg pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Boppy Company, LLC
    Inventors: Haley Gibbons, Eric Bradley Greene, Keith LaMar Poulson, Nancy Gale Hackett Harrison, Rachel Cynthia Carter
  • Patent number: 8671480
    Abstract: A multi-purpose pillow system. The pillow system comprises a pair of compressible, shape-sustaining pillows. One pillow is wedge-shaped with a knife-edge on its inner side. The second pillow has a broad flat bottom, so that it can maintain an upright position when standing alone, and an inwardly curved top. The system includes a connecting strap by which one of the pillows is removably and adjustably connected to the other. In this way, the distance between the pillows can be changed to suit the size of the user. When joined by the strap, the pair of pillows provides both back and abdominal support for a pregnant woman or can be used as back support for a sleeping infant. The second pillow with its curved top performs well as a nursing pillow or as a lap tray for an adult or child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8656541
    Abstract: An inflatable bed system (1) includes a primary inflatable section (2) having a centrally located abdomen cavity shaped to allow a user's abdomen to be positioned therein. The system further includes a secondary inflatable section (3), which is independently inflatable and positioned inside the cavity. At least one tertiary inflatable section (15,22) is provided to allow further configuration of the bed. The bed may be inflated by a pump that is operatively connected with a valve which directs the movement of air into each of the inflatable sections under user selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Gianna Muollo
  • Patent number: 8578936
    Abstract: In order to improve a support (2) for supporting a patient, particularly for surgical procedures in the shoulder region, said support comprising a substantially flat body part (4) and a bowl-shaped head part, said body part (4) comprising a back part (6) and a thorax part (8) tapered in relation thereto, the head part (10) being disposed on said thorax part by means of a transitional region, with the thorax part (8) and the transitional region sloping upwards such that the head part (10) is higher than the back part (6), and with said head part being adapted to the human profile and comprising a removable, inflatable support for adapting the position of the patient to the current positional or treatment requirements, the invention proposes that the transitional region be designed as neck part (12) and also be adapted to the human profile, comprising a removable, inflatable support for adapting the position of the patient to the current positional or treatment requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Samarit Medical AG
    Inventor: Willi Albrecht
  • Patent number: 8555437
    Abstract: A massage and chiropractic table having a supporting frame and a surface supported on the frame, and having one or more comfort features, including a recess formed in the surface of the table for accommodating a person's anatomical configuration, such as a woman's breasts, a removable recess insert that may be removed and replaced to expose the recess as desired, a neck recess for facilitating supporting a user's neck in a comfortable position, and a head rest that is configured to reduce or eliminate pressure on a user's face when the user is lying face down on the table. The massage table may be foldable and may have a handle so that it may be readily stored and transported, or, according to other embodiments may be stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Marvin Gorovitz
  • Publication number: 20130036554
    Abstract: The invention includes a belt that a pregnant woman wears while sleeping to support her abdominal area when she is lying on her side. There are two ribbon strips that wrap around the abdominal area and fasten in the front. Two memory foam pillows are attached to the belt to support either side of the woman's abdominal area. When lying down, the skinniest park of the pillow will be at the woman's back and the wider part is under her abdominal area to provide extra support to the baby. There are two extension strips included to ensure that the belt will fit around any size abdominal area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Elisa Steinmetz
  • Patent number: 8365327
    Abstract: An improved support for use by a pregnant woman to achieve greater comfort while resting or sleeping on her side. The support comprises two pillows connected together by a piece of stretchable fabric. The pillows are shaped to provide greater comfort to the woman, especially over long periods of time, compared to prior designs that employ rounded pillows. Different types of foam are used for the two pillows to tailor the degree of support for the part of the woman's body that is being supported by each pillow. The stretchable fabric enables the support to adapt to the growth of the woman during pregnancy (particularly late term pregnancy). The support may be assembled into a compact, attractive unit for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Anita Jamshidi
  • Patent number: 8136186
    Abstract: A multi-purpose pillow assembly. The assembly may comprise long short pillows with an underbody pad extending between them. A sleeve surrounds the long pillow and is attached to the side of the underbody pad opposite the short pillow. The sleeve can be rotated around the circumference of the long pillow and moved along its length, providing an assortment of possible configurations. Rotating the sleeve adjusts the distance between the long and short pillows for accommodating the girth of the user. The short pillow can be positioned on either side of the long pillow or on top of it. In another embodiment, the pillow assembly comprises a short pillow with an attached under body panel. In addition to its use as a support pillow for a user in a reclining position, this pillow assembly may serve as a back support pillow in a chair or other seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 8074310
    Abstract: A resilient base cushion has top and bottom surfaces, a peripheral side wall, upper and lower ends, an upper section, a lower section, and an intermediate section. A resilient head cushion has a middle component positioned across the top of the base cushion and side components laterally spaced from the upper section. A pair of similarly configured resilient leg cushions are partially positioned upon the intermediate and lower sections of the base cushion. Each cushion of a pair of similarly configured resilient abdominal cushions has a wedge-shaped configuration and is positioned upon the intermediate section of the base cushion above the leg cushions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Julie R. Robbins
  • Publication number: 20100263127
    Abstract: An improved support for use by a pregnant woman to achieve greater comfort while resting or sleeping on her side. The support comprises two pillows connected together by a piece of stretchable fabric. The pillows are shaped to provide greater comfort to the woman, especially over long periods of time, compared to prior designs that employ rounded pillows. Different types of foam are used for the two pillows to tailor the degree of support for the part of the woman's body that is being supported by each pillow. The stretchable fabric enables the support to adapt to the growth of the woman during pregnancy (particularly late term pregnancy). The support may be assembled into a compact, attractive unit for storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Anita Jamshidi
  • Publication number: 20090313760
    Abstract: A support cushion for supporting a person (e.g. a pregnant woman) lying on their side includes a first cushion part configured to support the person's back, a second cushion part spaced-apart from the first cushion part and configured to support the front of the person's abdomen and/or the person's legs, and a connecting part that connects the first cushion part to the second cushion part, the connecting part configured to extend under the person's side. The first and second cushion parts may be elongate and generally in the form of cylinders, and the connecting part may be in the form of a flexible cushioned panel. The second cushion part may support a pregnant woman's swollen abdomen and may extend between, and support, her legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventors: Vanessa Robyn Blake, Stephen Francis Blake
  • Publication number: 20090100601
    Abstract: This present invention is directed to a maternity support pillow for supporting a pregnant woman or user having an enlarged abdomen so as to allow her to rest on her stomach in a prone position. The pillow includes a support cushion having a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion has a hole for the placement and support of an enlarged abdomen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: Frizzy Bean Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Melissa Battaglia
  • Patent number: 7353551
    Abstract: A cushion for use by a person, the cushion having a main portion and a subsidiary portion joined to the main portion. The main portion and the subsidiary portion have unequal volumes wherein a part of the main portion is adapted to be placed between the legs of the person while the person is lying on a side of the person, and the subsidiary portion is adapted to support the abdomen of the person while the person is lying on the person's side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Trimester Cushion Company
    Inventor: Glen Andrew Racovolis
  • Publication number: 20080052832
    Abstract: A cushion for use by a person, the cushion having a main portion and a subsidiary portion joined to the main portion. The main portion and the subsidiary portion have unequal volumes wherein a part of the main portion is adapted to be placed between the legs of the person while the person is lying on a side of the person, and the subsidiary portion is adapted to support the abdomen of the person while the person is lying on the person's side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Glen Andrew Racovolis
  • Patent number: 7293310
    Abstract: A bifurcated pillow for use by expectant mothers so they can comfortably lie on their sides. The pillow supports an expectant mother's abdomen and legs and has soft flaps that engage the rear of the woman's legs so the pillow will remain in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Bonnie J. Hansen
  • Publication number: 20070220679
    Abstract: A combination pillow and enclosed area system includes an enclosing bottom member, and a plurality of bumper members. The enclosing bottom member is moveable between folded and unfolded positions and includes a closure device connected thereto that is moveable between opened and closed positions. The plurality of bumper members are carried by the enclosing bottom member. The enclosing bottom member and plurality of bumper members form an enclosed area when the enclosing bottom member is in the unfolded position, and a pillow when the enclosing bottom member is in the folded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Annemarie V. Dockendorf, Kirk Paul Dockendorf
  • Patent number: 7055196
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a pillow comprises a curved pillow body having a top region and a bottom region. The top region is larger in size than the bottom region. Also, the bottom region is adapted to be placed between a user's lets while the user is lying on her side while the top region conforms to the user's stomach and chest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: The Boppy Company
    Inventor: Sheila Littlehorn
  • Patent number: 6934988
    Abstract: A therapeutic table having rotatable breast recesses is a massage table with special recessed areas or “pockets” to accommodate and support a woman's breasts when she is lying face down. Two recessed pockets are provided only on one side of a panel that is situated within the body of the table at the location where a woman's breasts normally rest once she has her face positioned in the face cradle. Additionally, these pockets are lined with a stretchable material that accommodates and comfortably supports all sizes of breasts. The other side of the panel is flat to accommodate a man's chest. The massage therapist simply rotates the panel 360 degrees to the desired side, depending upon whether the client is male or female.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventors: Rita Wetzler, Jim Blair
  • Patent number: 6886201
    Abstract: A pair of opposing pillows is interconnected by a connecting member to provide an adjustable transverse spacing between the opposing pillows. Each asymmetrical opposing pillow is formed with a sloped portion to provide proper support for the abdomen of a pregnant woman sleeping on her side and an adjacent thick portion to provide proper support for the legs of the pregnant woman. The sloped portion is formed with internal baffles to maintain the sloped configuration. The connecting member is attached to the pillow case for one of the pillows and has loop fastener strips affixed in a transversely spaced manner to permit a detachable connection to a hook strip affixed to the underside of the opposing pillow. The pillow case for the opposing pillow is formed with a reinforced opening therein to permit engagement between the hook and loop fastener strips on the pillow and connecting member, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Therese A. Weiss-Lohrei
  • Patent number: 6857145
    Abstract: An adjustable cot for supporting a pregnant woman, in which an elongate frame (14) includes leg members (24) to support the frame spaced-apart from a surface. A fabric sheet (16) attaches to the frame (12). A central portion of the fabric sheet defines a receiving recess (12) extending in a first direction from a plane defined by the frame. The receiving recess (12) adjusts from a first depth to a second depth by drawcards (34) in channels 32 in the receiving recess. The volume of the receiving recess is selectively changed to accommodate a protruding portion of a pregnant woman lying on the fabric sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventor: Steve C. Sikes
  • Publication number: 20040237199
    Abstract: A maternity mattress is disclosed which provides a cavity for accommodating the protruding abdomen of a pregnant woman as she lies in a frontally downward position upon the mattress surface. The maternity comfort mattress is essentially comprised of a foam core; of a cavity in the foam core for the enlarged abdomen of a pregnant woman; of a plurality of straps and a means to attach the straps to the foam core; and, of a removable cover to encase the entire device. Attachment and adjustment features are built in to the invention. These features include, but are not limited to, strips of material that have a loop and hook fastening means along two longitudinal sides of the mattress core and at each end of each of the straps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Shane M. Hirst
  • Patent number: 6760934
    Abstract: A symmetrical contoured support pillow formed essentially in an inverted U-shape, comprising essentially a semi-circular crown designed to support the head of a woman and a pair of spaced symmetrical legs extending downwardly and outwardly divergently away from the crown, the legs having lower ends which are curved inwardly towards each other and forming toes, each leg having a convex bulge extending inwardly in the space between the two legs, the bulges extending towards each other, the resulting space between the legs as formed by the convex bulges being essentially in the shape of an hourglass, the woman lying between the legs of the pillow on her side such that one of the bulges is received in a curvature of the back of the woman whereas the other bulge is received in a tummy area of the woman.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Jamie S. Leach
  • Patent number: 6754924
    Abstract: A maternity support system, comprising a first element and a second element connected to the first element. The first element and the second element are positioned and arranged with respect to each other for a maternity support use, such as supporting an expectant mother's body during pregnancy, supporting a caregiver feeding an infant, supporting an infant during feeding, and supporting an infant learning to sit. The elements may either be integrally formed as a unitary pad, or may be removably attached to each other using a connector, such as VELCRO hook and loop fasteners, for example. In a preferred embodiment, the elements comprise pillow covers adapted for receiving a conventional bed pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Inventors: Judy A. Brady, Edie C. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 6588034
    Abstract: A beach chair has a frame, a plurality of leg assemblies, a main frame cover, an auxiliary cover, fasteners for the main frame cover and the auxiliary cover, and two openings within the main frame cover (one for receiving a person's face, the other for receiving a person's abdomen). The frame includes an upper rectangular shaped support main frame having each corner connected to a leg assembly. In use, the beach chair is unfold by pivoting the legs downward from the main frame into locking positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Shannon I. Nation
  • Patent number: 6581229
    Abstract: A mattress system constructed of synthetic foam is described especially for use as a maternity mattress. The mattress system has a main mattress portion with a specifically shaped central opening through the center thereof. At least two modular plugs have both a top and bottom that is generally flat but are in some embodiments textured and the curved peripheries thereof are smooth with a curvature to mate with the central opening of the main mattress portion. The modular plugs may be of different thicknesses and can be selectively removed and positioned to increase the depth of the opening for receipt of a woman's growing abdomen during pregnancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Glenn I. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 6408470
    Abstract: An improved maternity mattress has a recess formed therein which accommodates a woman's expanding abdomen as a pregnancy progresses. The recess may be filled in by a plurality of stackable pads with each pad having approximately the same thickness. A sliding cover sized to allow for selectively covering and uncovering the hole is preferably controlled by an electrically powered mechanism, and may also be used to vary the diameter of the opening to the cavity. A control panel having switches for operating the sliding cover is preferably made of an expandable, flexible electrically insulating material such as rubber. A locking mechanism is provided to insure that the sliding cover remains closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Lee Powers
  • Patent number: 6295668
    Abstract: A beach chair has a frame, a plurality of leg assemblies, a main frame cover, an auxiliary cover, fasteners for the main frame cover and the auxiliary cover, and two openings within the main frame cover (one for receiving a person's face, the other for receiving a person's abdomen). The frame includes an upper rectangular shaped support main frame having each corner connected to a leg assembly. In use, the beach chair is unfold by pivoting the legs downward from the main frame into locking positions. The main frame cover is also divided into three unseparated sections which equally conform to the three sections of the main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: Shannon I. Nation
  • Patent number: 6047419
    Abstract: A support system that is used to provide support to a pregnant patient positioned in the lateral recumbent position. The support system includes a wedge shaped main body portion for elevating one side of a patients body while lying thereon and a contoured, inclined pillow section having a spaced curved neck and head support portions defining an ear positioning trough therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Patricia A. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6044505
    Abstract: A pillow (10) for pregnant, over weight, back-pain suffering, sleep apnea suffering, and sciatica suffering persons lying in a prone position, is provided. The pillow has an aperture (90) extending through it, and is sized for receipt of a portion of the abdomen of the user. The aperture is defined by at least first (20), second (30) and third (40) support structures, and is of a substantially uniform thickness (T). The first support structure extends substantially traversely across the lower-chest and upper-abdominal regions of the user, the second support structure extends along a first side-abdominal region of the user to end proximate to the person's pelvic region, and the third support structure extends along a second side-abdominal region of the user to also end proximate to the pelvic region of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Loretta Friedman
  • Patent number: 5978990
    Abstract: Comfort Maternity Pillow allows pregnant women to rest or sleep in any desirable position at any stage of their pregnancy without disturbing their previous resting habits. The object of this invention comprises a rectangular pillow that has two attached extensions. The detachable pillow extensions are uniquely curved to form an open cavity when placed together. This allows a pregnant female to rest or sleep on her expanding abdomen in prone position. When the above said pillow extensions are pulled away from each other, they function in assisting a pregnant woman who is resting in side position. In this scenerio, one pillow extension supports a woman's back, and another extension, supports her abdomen and legs, when placed between her knees. Comfort Maternity Pillow aides pregnant women with many other positions by means of manipulating the pillow extensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Zhanna Akey
  • Patent number: 5664271
    Abstract: A support pillow assembly is usable for cushioning the body of a person while the person is lying on his/her side on a mattress and includes an abdominal support pillow adapted to partially underlie the person's abdomen and a leg support pillow adapted to be positioned between the person's legs. The leg support pillow can be two pillows interconnected by flap structures. Alternately, the two leg pillows can be combined into a single leg support pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventor: Joseph M. Bellavance
  • Patent number: 5652981
    Abstract: A cushion is disclosed herein for supporting a pregnant woman in a face-down position for resting and preparatory to and during a massaging procedure. The cushion is composed of a soft, foam-like material having a central recess or cavity defined by a surrounding continuous ridge to provide an integral unitary construction. The ridge includes sidewalls joined at a front end by a neck and chin transverse end wall and joined at a rear end by a leg and knee support. Sloping wall sections join the sidewalls with the leg and knee support whereby a flat planar surface of the leg and knee support resides below the top surface of the sidewalls. Internal sloping walls connect the front and rear ends with the bottom of the recess or cavity. A cushioned insert is carried within the recess that is reversible and having opposite textured or contoured sides. A cover, a handle and a carrying strap are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Inventors: Judy H. Singer-Leyton, David Leyton
  • Patent number: 5647076
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a maternity support cushion for supporting a pregnant woman in a prone position. A generally U-shaped support cushion supports an upper body of the woman, and includes two extending legs and a center connecting portion. A pelvic support cushion supports the pelvic area of the woman, and is at least partially received between the two extending legs of the U-shaped support cushion. The pelvic support cushion is slidable between the two extending legs in directions toward and away from the center connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Inventor: Susan K. Gearhart
  • Patent number: 5519906
    Abstract: A support pillow that is generally horseshoe or U-shaped with a generally pear shaped cavity in the center and a means of fastening. When used in a horizontal position, the cavity is large enough to fit around the midsection of a normal adult thus allowing for a back support with arm rests, a pregnancy pillow, a floor pillow for reading, sleeping or watching TV, or a nursing pillow. When the fastener is employed, the two tubular arms overlap at the ends forming a closed oval or donut shape. In this position, the pillow can support a small child in a sitting or reclining position. The pillow can also be used in a vertical position supporting both upper and lower back of the user. The pillow is filled with a soft pliable material making it extremely comfortable for all ages and because of the fastener it is easy to carry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Michelle M. Fanto-Chan
  • Patent number: 5504953
    Abstract: A cushion is disclosed herein for supporting a pregnant woman in a face-down position for resting and preparatory to and during a massaging procedure. The cushion is composed of a soft, foam-like material having a central recess or cavity defined in a surrounding continuous ridge to provide an integral unitary construction. The ridge includes sidewalls joined at a front end by a neck and chin transverse end wall and joined as a rear end by a leg and knee support. Sloping wall sections join the sidewalls with the leg and knee support whereby a flat planar surface of the leg and knee support resides below the top surface of the sidewalls. Internal sloping walls connect the front and rear ends with the bottom of the recess or cavity. A cushioned insert is carried within the recess that is reversible and having opposite textured or contoured sides. A cover, a handle and a carrying strap complete the construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Inventors: Judy H. Singer-Leyton, David Leyton
  • Patent number: 5412824
    Abstract: An adjustable mattress, adapted to support a substantial portion, including the breasts, abdomen, hips, thighs and knees of the body of a pregnant female user in a prone position, comprising a generally horizontal upper mattress portion with a first cavity adapted to accommodate the enlarged abdomen of the user and a second, adjustable in size, cavity adapted to accommodate the breasts of the user, and a lower mattress portion adapted to support the thighs and knees of the user, the lower mattress portion having a supporting surface sloping downwardly from the upper mattress position adjacent the hip supporting area towards the knee supporting area of the lower mattress portion, the downwardly sloped lower mattress portion adapted to support the thighs in a downwardly inclined orientation and to facilitate the getting on or off the mattress by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Maternal Concepts, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark D. Emerson, Matt H. Emerson, David D. Emerson
  • Patent number: 5400449
    Abstract: A prone pregnancy cushion, for allowing a pregnant woman to lay on her abdomen, comprising an early stage segment, a later stage segment, and an attachment mechanism connecting the early stage segment and later stage segment. The early stage segment and later stage segment each have abdominal hollows and breast hollows, containing breast cut-outs and abdominal cut-outs which are removable to accommodate women of different sizes and at different stages of their pregnancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventor: Peter J. Satto
  • Patent number: 5339472
    Abstract: An infant head support pillow neck made of a filler-cushion material which is covered by a top half and bottom half which are sewn together. The top and bottom halves are identically shaped so as to give the infant pillow head support a substantially rectangular appearance. The shape of the infant head support pillow is defined by first and second latitudinal sides and first and second longitudinal sides, the longitudinal sides being longer in length than the latitudinal sides. The second longitudinal side has a first keyhole wing and a second keyhole wing which curve inward in the direction of the first longitudinal side to form an opening between them. The second longitudinal side extends from the first and second keyhole wings to form a keyhole region at the center of the pillow. The keyhole region has a diameter which is approximately one-fourth the distance between the first and second latitudinal sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Inventor: Helen Yin
  • Patent number: 5185897
    Abstract: An inflatable mattress construction having use as a maternity mattress. The mattress is provided with a central, generally cylindrical cavity which extends through the thickness of the mattress. The lower end of the cavity is enclosed by a bottom panel, while a top panel is located within the cavity and the peripheral edge of the top panel is sealed to the upper surface of the mattress bordering the cavity. The central portion of the top panel is secured to the bottom panel. A gas, such as air, can be supplied to the chamber between the panels to thereby inflate the upper panel and adjust the depth of the cavity to accomodate the abdomen of a pregnant woman.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Inventor: Michael W. Van Laanen
  • Patent number: 5182828
    Abstract: A machine washable wedge shaped support structure is formed from a fabric envelope loosely filled with lightweight, preferably polystyrene, beads which shape it. The fabric may have a non-skid surface to resist sliding in use. The wedge conforms to a patient's or infant's body. When compressed, the fabric envelope and beads lock into a roll-preventing support structure. One alternate version has a stabilizing panel extending from the pointed end of the wedge on which a patient lies. Another version has a connecting panel between two opposing triangular shaped wedges. It provides roll preventing support for a pregnant woman and doubles as an anti-roll pad for infants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Assignee: Maurice Adam
    Inventor: Margaret A. Alivizatos
  • Patent number: D342409
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Inventor: Suzanne Gambin