KMC Kangaroo mother care an intimate form of protection

The World Health Organization, Unicef, The March of Dimes, and the National Institute of Health all recommend the use of Kangaroo Mother Care and deem it a scientifically sound, low cost, and a high impact developmental intervention for both baby and mother

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Parenting is by no means an easy hat to wear.

There are many things that parents (especially first-timers) need to know before the arrival of the baby, and even more will be learnt on the journey of bringing it up.

Humans have been advised to learn from nature,  to help improve the health and overall development of their newborns. One such animals is the kangaroo and how it handles its offsprings, which teaches humans that the manner in which newborns are physically held can significantly affect their development later in life.

Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC),  as the name predicts,  was derived from the way the  mother Kangaroo carries her offspring in her pouch.

 

It is, however, not limited to environments where incubators are unreliable or unavailable,  but is practised in leading neonatal centres worldwide.

The World Health Organization, Unicef, The March of Dimes, and the National Institute of Health all recommend the use of Kangaroo Mother Care and deem it a scientifically sound, low cost, and a high impact developmental intervention for both baby and mother

Research conducted worldwide has revealed that this particular way of holding your infant has an extraordinary effect on preterm babies.

 

Kangaroo Mother Care provides an intimate form of protection so that rest, growth, and natural healing may occur.

It is also beneficial to all babies,  as constant contact with their mothers and her warmth, breast milk, love, and protection are all the basic requirements needed for their well-being and survival.

Undoubtedly,  every mother has an unbreakable bond with her child, but some parent-child relationships are stronger than others.

According to the executive director of the United States Institute for Kangaroo Care, Susan M. Ludington, R.N., Ph.D., “Infancy sets up your interactions with your baby for the rest of her life.”

Kangaroo mother care comes with lots of benefits for newly born. Check out these benefits of kangaroo care.

  • Preterm babies gain weight faster
  • It promotes breastfeeding
  • Helps Baby Adapt
  • Promotes healthy heart rates, breathing patterns and a more stabilised temperature in babies
  • It facilitates better sleeping pattern
  • It promotes bonding with parents
  • Promotes mental development in Babies

This video was taken from Dilys Sillah's facebook page. She is CEO of Who Will Hear My Cry, an initiative which supports  child abuse prevention

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