A story of premature birth and the NICU roller coaster

Kangaroo Care for newborns and especially preemies

on September 22, 2012

This is super important. I waited with excitement to try this with my preemie and it never happened. Though later on at about two months old I did get to hold him at times, they kept saying he was to sick for kangaroo care. Isn’t that the best time for it? I know while on the oscillator you can’t do this but he had been on conventional and sipap ventilation as well as high flow canula. Why I never got that chance I don’t know even though I asked and practically begged. It sticks with me, what if this would have made a difference.

My Postpartum Voice


Kangaroo Mother Care is when a human mother and her infant snuggle skin to skin with the infant lying prone on mom’s chest. It’s a term coined after the Kangaroo’s close relationship with her little joey who doesn’t come out of mom’s pouch for four months after birth. Instead, joey relies on mom’s warmth, nutrition, and support for his “fourth” trimester. Research has concluded over and over again that this care is invaluable for both human moms and babies as well.

In 2007 a study published in the Oxford Tropical Pediatrics from researchers at the Instituto Materno Infantil in Brazil concluded that Kangaroo Mother Care may prove helpful in warding off postpartum depression. Researchers evaluated mothers at the beginning of NICU care and at the end of their Kangaroo Mother Care. NO mother developed depression during their Kangaroo stay. Let me say that again. NO MOTHER developed depression during…

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One response to “Kangaroo Care for newborns and especially preemies

  1. mmmarzipan says:

    I live in Scandinavia and kangaroo care is practically preached in the case of pre-term delivery. I am so sad for you that they didn’t listen to your request.

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