Stohm’s story – going home

Stohm’s story – skin-to-skin to grow and go!

These final photos of Stohm’s story – after the skin-to-skin in NICU story and the breastfeeding story – demonstrate the use of the KangaCarrier, and also that skin-to-skin is safe for transporting babies going home.

Stohm spent a total of 99 days in hospital, and the last few days in the “Kangaroo Mother Care Ward”, before going home.

Stohm46 in KMC ward Stohm47 sleeping in carrier

5th February 2002

Storm now weighs 1650g, and mother Sharleen has been admitted to our Kangaroo Mother Care Ward. Here she can stay 24 hours a day, to get used to doing continuous Kangaroo Mother Care, before she goes home.

Stohm has been sleeping since she started in the afternoon, these photographs are taken in the late evening.

Stohm48 on chest for KC Stohm49 wrapper under ear

The KangaCarrier is especially designed to make continuous KMC safe. The wrapper fixes the baby to mother’s chest, and goes underneath the ear.


Stohm52 kangacarrier tying Stohm50 knot behing head

The wrapper is tied firmly, tight enough to keep baby’s head fixed to mother.

The shirt comes on, and mother ties it firmly below the baby’s flexed legs.

Stohm54 kangacarrier tied Stohm55 sleeping in KangaCarrier

After tying below baby, mother is able to sit up and move about freely.

Stohm did not even wake up while this was being done, despite the photographing!

Stohm60 smiling at breast Stohm62 sleeping hand mouth

After suckling, a baby is often content just resting next to the breast.

When Stohm was placed back on skin-to-skin with the wrapper, she put her hand to her mouth as we saw earlier, and sucked her thumb, and gently over two or three minutes fell fast asleep.

Stohm and Sharleen are likely to spend two or three days in the ward before going home. Hopefully we will catch them being discharged.

Stohm63 Sharleen at pc Stohm64 Sharleen smiles While in the KMC ward, Sharleen can walk about freely. Here she visits the office where she can see herself on this website.
Stohm66 Sharleen signs out Stohm65 Family leaving

DISCHARGE DAY! 9th February 2002, Stohm is finally ready for discharge, weighing 1790g. Father and brother have come to collect!

Sharleen and Stohm sign out through the security desk!

Stohm68 family at car Stohm69 KangaCarrier in backseat

With Stohm secured inside the KangaCarrier, transport by car is quite safe. Mother Sharleen will wear her seat belt, but only the hip belt – and not the shoulder strap. Should there be a mishap (unlikely with father a traffic warden!) then the baby is secured safely, and at worst will end up between mothers legs.

Little brother may be a greater danger .
… he’s not excited.

Stohm70 followup visit

At follow-up visit many months later:

Stohm is being looked after by her aunt, and has come for checkup, bright as a button!!

Stohm71 bright button Comment: Babies born preterm even Late Preterm, are at risk for developmental delays and problems during school years. We believe these are minimised through Kangaroo Mother Care.