Charity engineers a solution for mother and baby

A new mum who uses a wheelchair is now able to change her new baby's nappy, thanks to an Abbots Langley engineering company.

Tuesday, 31st January 2017, 4:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st January 2017, 4:23 pm
Laura and baby Evie with the changing unit

Laura Cantwell and her partner Frank welcomed baby Evie into the world in August.

Laura, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair to get around, was keen to find ways to tackle all of her new parenting challenges independently – including nappy changing.

Engineers from Abbots Langley-based DEMAND Design & Manufacture for Disability visited Laura at home to fully understand her needs and agreed with her that a powered, height-adjustable changing table that could easily be manoeuvred around the house would be a perfect solution.

A few months later, Laura was presented with her own custom-made changing table that can be used while she’s sitting on the floor with Evie, then raises up at the touch of a button so Laura can also change Evie’s nappy from her wheelchair.

DEMAND’s designers even added a neat storage unit so Laura always has the essentials on hand.