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Kangaroo Care provides multiple benefits for babies and parents

Laval’s Cité-de-la-Santé Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (RVH-MUHC) celebrated the International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day!

““Kangaroo Care involves skin-to-skin practice and is beneficial for all babies,” said Amanda Camacho, NICU nurse. “The NICU environment can sometimes be stressful for babies so this method helps in their development and to comfort them. It also really fosters the bond and attachment between the babies and parents who must live in this separated living arrangement while they are in the NICU.”

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A heartwarming image of premature twins resting on their brother and father’s chest

Father and son kangarooing twins
Kangaroo Care at its best!

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“Skin to Skin Contact is not “new”, but Sweden certainly leads the way in making this care family-friendly even for very tiny babies.
I love this picture of big brother helping his dad care for the twins!

“Revolutionary and innovative practices in Uppsala, Sweden: children of 700 grams can be laid skin-to-skin on the parent’s chest instead of being in the incubator.

A Swedish Professor Uwe Ewald, came to Hvidovre hospital (in Denmark) to talk about his revolutionary practice, where even very small premature babies are taken out of the incubator to be skin to skin with their parents as much as possible. Premature babies, born even three months prematurely, are put on the parent’s chest instead of alone in an incubator.

Uwe Ewald points out that the parent’s chest regulates the temperature better than an incubator. Skin-to-skin contact helps the baby breathe better. The child becomes more calm and gains weight faster. Research shows that parents bacterial flora – compared with hospital bacteria – reduces the risk of serious infections in these delicate children.

100 doctors, nurses and other staff from all over Denmark gather at Hvidovre hospital Friday the 29.5. to hear Uwe Ewald’s research.
The initiator of the meeting is the Fund “a good start in life” in cooperation with the Neonatal Department at Hvidovre Hospital.
Hvidovre Hospital’s neonatal department also has positive experience with skin-to-skin contact and currently has a major research project.”

(Translated from the Danish) see below”

Saudi Arabia celebrates the 5th International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day in 9 hospitals!

Here is what they are doing!

We are honored to share [with] you our Kangaroo Care Awareness Day. As we joined the program, we started to campaign by LCD viewing to all nine hospitals with 1095 bed capacity in our hospital  from May 1, 2016 to the end of June 2016. Our aim is for all parents, families, and hospitals to be aware of the benefits [of Kangaroo Care] for every infant in Saudi Arabia. We also use Kangaroo Care in our nursery and our Neonatal ICU [as a way to get the parents involved] to integrate developmental care in NIDCAP approach. We also integrate Kangaroo Care to our Developmental Care course for staff competency in order to enhance their knowledge of Kangaroo Care. Kangaroo Care in our hospital was structured where we also developed a hospital policy that all infants must receive Kangaroo Care. Thank you very much for allowing us to be part of the International Kangaroo Awareness Day.
~As told by Buenafe Maranan, KFMC -NICU -NIDCAP of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia KCAD announcement
Saudi Arabia KCAD announcement

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