2017 International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day – Bulgaria

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. The World Health Organization recommends kangaroo-care (prolonged skin-to-skin contact) for all babies where it is medically possible.
Kangaroo care has not yet been practice in Bulgaria so far. Our goal is to change this and to bring the care of premature babies and sick newborns close to European Standards and good care recommendations.
We have asked the Bulgarian neonatology wards to become our partner in this initiative by announcing the 15th of May an open day for all parents to the NICU’s. More than 12 UNITS all around the country agreed to open their units for the parents. And enjoy the International kangaroo care awareness day.
In Bulgaria in some units the parents are allow to visit their kids few time per week and only for a few minutes. Very often the parents and the babies are separated for a long period of time, some stay in the hospital.”

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2017 International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day – London, UK

International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day

May 15th 2017

Today we celebrated Kangaroo Care Awareness Day on Starlight Neonatal Unit, Barnet Hospital, Royal Free NHS Trust.

We are a 30 bed, level 2 unit, in London, UK.  We are proud of the family centred, neurprotective care that we provide to the babies and families that we serve.

Today we celebrated Kangaroo Care Awareness Day by baking biscuits, handing out articles on the benefits of Kangaroo Care and practicing safe kangaroo care transfers.  But perhaps the best moment was when our matron surprised us all by dressing up as a kangaroo and came quietly bounding on to our unit.

Tonight we will run our monthly supper club, where we are cooking for all the families, offering massages to the parents from our excellent massage volunteer and providing information on the wonders of kangaroo care, in a short presentation and demonstration.

Happy Kangaroo Care Day 2017

Emily Hills

Neonatal Occupational Therapist

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10 Point Checklist for Baby’s Safe Positioning During Kangaroo Care

Kangaroo Position (World Health Organization)
Kangaroo Position (World Health Organization)

Positioning during Kangaroo Care is just as important as positioning on the bed.  Here is our 10 Point Checklist for Baby’s Safe Positioning During Kangaroo Care

  1. Baby is between the parent’s bare breasts, and wearing only diaper (no higher than the belly button). Socks may be worn if the room is too cold. A hat is a must for babies weighing less than 1000 grams.
  2. Baby is strictly vertical and skin-to-skin/chest-to-chest with the parent.
  3. Baby’s head and spine are mid-aligned for proper breathing and comfort.
  4. Legs are flexed and in frog position.
  5. Feet are flexed and toes facing outward.
  6. Arms are flexed to each side and hands are up and by the head
  7. Cover the baby’s back up to the bottom of the baby’s earlobe
  8. Head is in midline and in lateral position and face, nose and mouth are uncovered, unobstructed, and in constant view.
  9. Parent lowers the head and kisses the top of her baby’s head.
  10. Parent is sitting up or reclined (never horizontal, or prone).

  11. Both parent and baby are being watched/ monitored during kangaroo care.
Resting in KC (World Health Organization)
Resting in KC (World Health Organization)

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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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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