Global Nurturing Movement
Take the Pledge for Kangaroo Care
Take the Pledge and help us share what everyone is doing globally to celebrate the 6th International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day! Let’s show that is a global practice!
Pledge #1: CELEBRATE!
There are many ways to celebrate kangaroo care. It all starts with you and what makes sense in your community, family, or workplace. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Pledge #2: ENGAGE!
Inspire families and professionals by helping them practice kangaroo care and doing hands-on activities while holding their babies. In just one session you can set a parent and professionals on the exciting path practicing and learning about kangaroo care.
Pledge #3: SHARE!
Examples of the amazing kangaroo care benefits and ways to improve the practice are everywhere. Share them with the world!
On May 15th 2001, Yamile Jackson (Ph.D. in ergonomics and human factors engineering), gave birth 12 weeks prematurely to Zachary, who weighed less than 2 lbs. Yamile, a native from Colombia, remembered hearing about Kangaroo Care as a little girl, so with the support of the NICU staff she and Larry held Zachary 4-7 hours every day. Three weeks later, Zachary survived the deluge of Tropical Storm Allison that flooded his hospital in Houston, Texas and shut down all the power including his life-support equipment. Yamile held him on her chest and Larry and the NICU staff took turns "bagging him" for 9 hours until he was evacuated. Zachary was hospitalized for 5 months and his incredible story of survival was the inspiration of the TNT movie “14:Hours” sponsored by Johnson and Johnson. Yamile promised Zachary that his pain and struggle to survive were not going to be in vain and she is true to that promise. Their company, Nurtured by Design, is the pioneer and leader of ergonomics and human factors engineering applied to making devices that help translate evidence into practice to provide nurturing developmental care around the clock, from birth, to every child. Her designs, The Zaky and the Kangaroo Zak, are elevating the care of babies in low and high tech settings globally. www.nbyd.co Zachary is a healthy teenager and is the inspiration of the International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day. He is also Nurtured by Design’s CIO (Chief Inspirational Officer.)
Pledge, Map, and Global Celebrations for the 6th International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day is celebrated on May 15th
Kangaroo Care impacts the world of professionals, newborns, and families.
Take the pledge – Celebrate, Engage, and/or Share Kangaroo Care during the 6th International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day!
Pledge #3: SHARE! Share a session, a local kangaroo care project, any effort, research, celebration.
Share a local project, effort, research in kangaroo care
Inspire the families and young professionals by helping them practice kangaroo care and doing hands-on activities while holding their babies. In just one session you can set a parent on the exciting path practicing kangaroo care.
There are many ways to celebrate kangaroo care. It all starts with you and what makes sense in your community or workplace. Here are some ideas to get you started.
“Yamile Jackson thank you so much for this wonderful creation! You helped us more than you realize through our son’s NICU journey with the Zaky. Keira Sorrell, from Zoe’s Foundation, was wonderful enough to connect you and I when we first entered the NICU, and you were kind enough to send us training videos and Read more about Vanessa Alley nurtured her baby with The Zaky in the NICU[…]
“I started a donation for the hospital my girls stayed in because I feel every baby needs a fighting chance, and unfortunately, unlike myself some parents cannot be there every day because they have to go back to work or have a long commute.” [read more]
by Yamile Jackson I interviewed Dr Andrea Aldana about how to perform massage therapy during Kangaroo Care in the NICU. This interview was during the Kangaroo Care Conference in Italy in November 2016. Here is the research that I have found, please comment below if you have more info. The most used is a couple Read more about Massage Therapy and Oils for Babies in the NICUs[…]
by Shannon Frey Marshall’s mom “My life forever changed on August 7th, 2015 when my son Marshall arrived into this world via emergency c-section weight only 4 pounds 15 ounces and 6 weeks premature. This would begin a 6 1/2 month (200) day journey in the American Family Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive care unit located Read more about Nurturing Marshall – Madison, WI[…]
We’ve grown up with The Zaky! Our daughter has come to rely on The Zaky both inside and outside the hospital. Cameron has had six hospital stays since birth and The Zaky has been by her side each time. She sleeps with her pair of The Zakys every night and we always bring them with us when traveling. Her The Zakys are so important they have been dubbed her “Nigh Nigh hands” and have earned a note in Cameron’s baby book: I had the The Zaky Hands (lime color) to help me get to sleep every naptime and night.
“My boys, Henry and Chuck, were born unexpectedly at 24+1 weeks and 24+2 weeks at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX. Henry weighed 1 lb 5 oz and Chuck weighed 1 lb 8 oz. One of our amazing primary nurses told us right away about The Zaky and we ordered them each a pair. Read more about Nurturing Henry and Chuck, from Houston, TX[…]