|Kangaroo Mother Care Promotions aims to promote the spread and implementation of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) as the standard method of care for all newborn babies, BOTH PREMATURE AND FULL TERM.
KMC has three parts:
Skin-to-skin contact between the baby's front and the mother's chest. The more skin-to-skin contact, the better. For comfort a small nappy is fine, and for warmth a cap may be used. Skin-to-skin contact should ideally start at birth, but is helpful at any time. It should ideally be continuous day and night, but even shorter periods are still helpful.
|Exclusive breastfeeding means that for an average mother, direct suckling by the baby from the breasts is all that is needed. For very premature babies, expressing milk and addition of some essential nutrients may be needed.
|Support to the dyad means that whatever is needed for the medical, emotional, psychological and physical well being of mother and baby is provided to them, without separating them. This might mean adding ultramodern equipment if available, or purely intense psychological support in contexts with no resources. It can even mean going home very early.
On this site we have provided some explanations ABOUT KMC, as well as some ARTICLES by ourselves and others. The focus is on premeature babies: for FULL TERM BABIES - see www.ninobirth.org ! For Health professionals, see also www.skintoskincontact.com
The STORIES give you much of the same information, only with photos showing what it looks like in real life !!
On the EVENTS tab you can see where and when we have meetings and conferences to hear about this first hand.
Jill provides SERVICES that you can read about, and we have educational products available in the ONLINE SHOP.
We update this now and then, but have "renovated" in January 2012. Comments welcome !
Contact Jill Bergman for more information.