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Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)
« on: May 04, 2008, 07:01:57 PM »
Kangaroo mother care is care of preterm infants carried skin-to-skin with the mother. It is a powerful, easy-to-use method to promote the health and well-being of infants born preterm as well as full-term.

Its key features are:
  • early, continuous and prolonged skin-to-skin contact between the mother and the baby;
  • exclusive breastfeeding (ideally);
  • it is initiated in hospital and can be continued at home;
  • small babies can be discharged early;
  • mothers at home require adequate support and follow-up;
  • it is a gentle, effective method that avoids the agitation routinely experienced in a busy ward with preterm infants.

It was first presented by Rey and Martinez, in Bogotá, Colombia, where it was developed as an alternative to inadequate and insufficient incubator care for those preterm newborn infants who had overcome initial problems and required only to feed and grow.

Almost two decades of implementation and research have made it clear that KMC is more than an alternative to incubator care. It has been shown to be effective for thermal control, breastfeeding and bonding in all newborn infants, irrespective of setting, weight, gestational age, and clinical conditions.

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