Perhaps you have already heard the term Kangaroo Care, but would like to know a little more about it.
I assure you your curiosity will be greatly rewarded.
Kangaroo Care is a method of holding your newborn skin to skin that was developed in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1978. In answer to challenging work conditions mothers were asked to hold their newborn babies to free the limited number of staff and incubators. Having mothers hold their new babies skin to skin on their chests provided an efficient and inexpensive way to care for premature babies. At the time in Bogotá, premature babies had only a 30% (3 out of 10) chance for survival. The impact of this practice was astounding as the outcome for these newborns improved dramatically, giving them a 70% (7 out of 10) chance for survival.
Scientists became very interested in these results and began studying Kangaroo Care. They discovered that babies held skin to skin gained weight faster, required less oxygen assistance for breathing, regulated heart rate and rhythm more easily, maintained warm body temperatures, had fewer infections, and survived more than twice as often as babies not given Kangaroo Care. All of these amazing benefits were a direct result of skin-to-skin contact between babies and their mothers. This physical connection produced physiological changes for these premature babies, resulting in positive, life-affirming outcomes.
For Your Baby
These same health benefits, provided by mothers to their newborns, are available for your baby as well. Kangaroo Care is beneficial for all newborn babies whether premature, term, or post-term. You can start holding your baby skin to skin on Day 1 of life. Most hospitals encourage Kangaroo Care and your baby’s nurse should be able to help you get settled comfortably. Make sure you’re in a safe place and position while holding your baby in Kangaroo Care
This special holding method is primarily a time for your baby to sleep and grow, and for that natural miracle of bonding to occur. So whenever possible after delivery, hold your newborn baby skin to skin in Kangaroo Care. Phenomenal baby care, easily yours.