Skin to Skin / Kangaroo Care - Resources and Information

Skin to Skin contact for an hour or more a day can boost your baby's development, protect and enhance their growth and overall health and deepen the attachment between parent and baby.  

Using skin to skin contact to care for newborns, known as Kangaroo Care was developed by Edgar Rey in 1978 in Bogota Columbia and was originally designed to allow mothers of Low Birth Weight babies to care for them in the absence of incubators. 20 years of research has now shown that skin to skin contact hugely benefits all babies and continues to improve outcomes for those born prematurely.

Skin-to-Skin Contact

This review of randomized control trials examined the impact of early skin-to-skin contact on breastfeeding and infant physiology. Researchers found that skin-to-skin contact supported both the establishment and maintenance of breastfeeding.

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Skin to Skin Kangaroo Care

Imagine if there was a way to care for brand new babies that increased their survival rate, was able to reduce their stress, create better outcomes in brain development and transition them into life outside the womb with as little disruption as possible. You'd definitely want to make sure your maternity hospital had one of these devices wouldn't you? Well its almost certain they do, and in most cases there's two for each baby born.. these wondrous devices are called parents and pioneering health professional Dr Nils Bergman has a way of putting them to best use! 

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Skin to Skin Contact / Kangaroo Care with Twins

Benefits for Baby
  • Accelerates Brain Growth
  • Promotes bonding and makes babies happy
  • Regulates heart rate and breathing
  • Healthy Body Temperature
  • Helps to get breastfeeding started
  • Improves digestions and weight gain
  • Helps babies sleep better
  • Strengthens immune system

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