Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Kangaroo care....

Breastfeeding advocates have long touted the importance of skin-to-skin contact between parents and infants, and it seems that many NICU departments are finding that the same is true for preemies.

Kangaroo care is the term used to describe skin-to-skin contact between preemies and their parents, even when the babies still need respirators or monitoring.

The benefits are striking. Stress decrease in the infants is clear, and there appear to be long term benefits regarding sensory integration (which is something that will be discussed another time).

Our local CBC morning show, Daybreak, had an interview with a mother of premature twins and the head of pediatrics/neonatology at the Jewish General Hospital, where kangaroo care has been practiced for 15 years.

Hear the interview.

Kangaroo Care (Google Search)

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