Kangaroo Care Boosts Preterm Infants' Odds

Hospitals across the continent are adopting Kangaroo Mother Care to help curb high mortality rates for preterm infants. The technique emphasizes skin-to-skin contact between mothers and their babies and offers an affordable and effective alternative to incubator care, according to a March of Dimes report.

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    Author:
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    Publisher:
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    Publication Date:
    8 February 2013

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The Kangaroo Care technique calls for nestling a newborn against his or her mother'’s abdomen and then wrapping the pair up together with traditional clothing or a special blanket,– the key being skin-to-skin contact.

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