About Us

This is our story

Hello! Nice to meet you. My name is Mary Chiesa and I am the chief designer of the Aegis Neonate Medical Wrap. I wanted to take a moment and share my story with you and why I created the Aegis Neonate Medical Wrap.

A family affair.

My parents are nurses - so are my grandmother, aunt, sister, brother and his wife. Caring and compassion for others has been our family business since I was a child. I didn’t dream about becoming a nurse, I took another route. I studied and worked in design, as in kitchens and bathrooms. I am a problem solver by nature, and design and art have always been my strong points. My life took a turn (with the housing recession) and I went back to school to become a surgical tech. For the past 8 years, I have assisted in thousands of C-section surgeries in the Labor and Delivery Departments at two prominent hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area. I loved caring for new moms and this pivot in my life taught me that the caring and compassion that my parents raised me with was very much my own passion.
One day in the operating Room, a new mom who was holding her beautiful baby girl after her C-section, reached up to adjust her oxygen mask and accidentally dropped her baby. The happiest moment of her life was turned upside down. I have two daughters myself and I could only imagine the fear and guilt this new mom was feeling at this moment. I couldn’t help but feel that there was a better way to keep infants safe from accidental drops. I researched infant drops and I was shocked to find that infants are dropped often, some with very little injury and some who are not so fortunate. New moms are emotional, medicated and exhausted. It is cumbersome and difficult to maneuver yourself after a C-section let alone holding a baby too.
I went to work designing a wrap that would be used for the first 28 days of an infant’s life. As a mom, a surgical tech, and designer I knew I was equipped to solve this problem better than anyone. I showed my mom the sketches and prototypes that I had developed. She absolutely loved the wrap and wanted to help. I knew I would need a trusted partner to help me make this wrap a reality. So who did I turn to? My mom, of course. We flew to Sri Lanka to work with the manufacturer to take this wrap from a prototype to the delivery room.
Working together with my mom to keep babies safe is a family affair and something we care deeply about. We aren’t stopping with just our Aegis wrap. We are working on more innovative products to make ambulance transports safer and recovering patients more comfortable.