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Kangaroo care is a method of holding a baby, either premature or fullterm, that involves skin-to-skin contact immediately after giving birth and beyond, that will soothe and calm your baby and will aid in their development.
Straight after birth the baby is placed directly next to the mothers skin, on their bare chest upright between their breasts with a baby blanket or mother’s clothes covering his or her back - our bamboo birthing shirt has been designed with an extended pop down front especially for this purpose.
This snuggling of the infant inside the pouch of the mother’s clothes, experiencing her warmth, smell, and familiar heartbeat will feel like a warm "womb with a view" to the baby much like a kangaroo's pouch, hence the term "kangaroo care."
What are the benefits of kangaroo care / skin-to-skin contact?
Results from studies on mother-Infant skin-to-skin contact suggest that this type of contact has several benefits to both mum and baby.
The benefits of kangaroo care / skin-to-skin contact to your baby include:
A happier baby
More successful initiation of breastfeeding
Better regulation of their body temperature
Elevation in their blood sugar
Stabilization of the baby's heart and respiratory rates
Improved oxygen in their blood
Spend more time in deep sleep
More rapid weight gain
Earlier hospital discharge
The benefits of kangaroo care / skin-to-skin contact to the mum include:
Feelings of closeness with their babies
Increased breast milk supply
Increased confidence in ability to care for their babies
Increased confidence that their babies are well cared for
Increased sense of control
From the review by new mum
Hayley Glenister, from 'Simply Hayley'