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.)
by Betsy Ballweg (mom) Our boys came barreling into our lives on July 9 at 27 weeks, 4 days. A tad premature but thanks to the amazing NICU staff at St Mary’s SSM hospital in Madison, WI these boys have come such a long way. It has been quite the roller coaster with really high Read more about Nurturing the Ballweg Triplets, Madison, Wisconsin.[…]
Yamile designed The Zaky to help babies from birth until they don’t need them anymore – we see customers using them for years! The Zaky helps with positioning, containment, boundaries, bonding with family, transitioning, soothing, and self-regulation and it is arguably the most valued tool that help a baby sleep in a nurturing and developmentally Read more about FAQ: Should The Zaky be sent home with the baby at NICU discharge?[…]
Imagine that you are the parent of a preemie/hospitalized baby and a hurricane ruins everything in your house and displaces your family. My name is Zachary Jackson and I live with my family in Sugar Land, Texas (20 min from Houston). We survived Harvey but it flooded over 200,000 homes just in Houston, including 2 Read more about Requesting Funds/Supplies for GIFT BOXES of NICU & Newborn Essentials for Victims of Harvey[…]
Hi ! Our names are Hannah, Ethan, and Paul Morris, We are triplets that were born at JSUMC in April of 2004. We were very lucky that we made it to 35 weeks. Our parents and Us are very grateful for the care we received when we were born. Hannah got to go home with Read more about B’nai Mitzvah Project to Donate The Zakys to Jersey Shore University Medical Center[…]
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by Nina Nikolova, Bulgaria “On the 15 of May The first Bulgarian foundation “Our Premature Children” marks the beginning of the International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day in Bulgaria. Kangaroo-care is a key element of family-centered care and the most effective way to involve parents in the care of their babies, with the most proven benefits. Read more about 2017 International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day – Bulgaria[…]
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia had a wonderful celebration for the 6th International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day on May 15th 2017 by Buenafe Cala ‘I’m sending you our post activity in Care National Hospital ,Riyadh Saudi Arabia 1 out of 30 tertiary hospital that we are going to introduce and implement of Kangaroo Care from Ministry of Read more about 2017 International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia[…]
International Kangaroo Care Day celebrated in London, UK
Below are some photos of me and my husband with our son Finn in his Kangaroo Zak. My sister purchased one for us after our son was born so that we could hold him more comfortably. Finn only weighed 650 grams at birth so picking him up was a scary experience the first time. The Read more about Nurturing Finn with the Kangaroo Zak – Boulder, Colorado, USA[…]
Pledge, Map, and Global Celebrations for the 6th International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day – 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!