Kangaroo Care is the most important thing that a mom and dad can offer their premature baby. It is skin to skin holding your baby. According to Prematurity.org, ” Kangaroo Care has been studied in depth since 1983 when neonatologists Edgar Rey and Hector Martinez first implemented it in Bogota, Columbia. Kangaroo Care consists of placing a diaper clad premature baby in an upright position on a parent’s bare chest – tummy to tummy, in between the breasts. The baby’s head is turned so that the ear is above the parent’s heart. Due to lack of power and reliable equipment, Kangaroo Care was found to be an inexpensive and very beneficial experience to babies in Bogota. The mortality rate fell from 70 % to 30 %.”
It has been proven first hand that a baby’s blood pressure, breathing pattern and heart rate improved with kangaroo care. All NICU’s encourage a parent to practice Kangaroo care. It not only helps the baby, but it also helps the mother and father of the baby create a special bond that will help them cope with the stress of having a premature baby away from home.