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How to help newborns keep the correct Kangaroo Position for hours?

This is our second tip about Kangaroo Care as we help you prepare to celebrate the 3rd Annual International Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Awareness Day is coming up on May 15th.<< MORE >>

Third Annual International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day - May 15th

Kangaroo Care Awareness Day is fast approaching. Find information about Kangaroo Care, and download free resources that will help you celebrate this day!

Here are the categories for hospitals and parents:

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Prevent Boredom from Kangaroo Care Sessions

Our goal is to increase the time the babies are in kangaroo care. For a parent it is difficult to be still for hours, so here are some of the activities that parents can do while holding hands-free and safely with the Kangaroo Zak (zippers fully closed):
  • Volunteers can teach mothers how to knit
  • Watch a movie in the phone/tablet
  • Scrapbooking 
  • Browse the Internet
  • Write/read emails/texts and communicate with the family/friends
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My conversation with Dr. Bob White

Last week I went to the Brain Monitoring conference in Florida and had an opportunity to interview Dr. Bob White. He is a neonatologist, and a leader of developmental care, family centered care (not just family participation), and a vivid supporter of Kangaroo Care. Definitely one of my heroes.

In many hospitals, Kangaroo Care is the responsibility of the nurses, and with all the evidence behind Kangaroo Care, it is time that the physicians come on board and make sure it is the standard of care in every NICU.

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EVENT: The Mid-Atlantic Conference on Birth and Primal Health Research (HAWAII, Oct 26-28)

October 26-28 at the Hawai`i Convention Center

"Participants at the Honolulu conference will easily perceive the significance of the opening ceremony's theme. This gathering will attract those who are wondering how we can climb out of the abyss in which humanity has fallen gradually after thousands of years of culturally controlled childbirth. It is easy to analyze the current situation in the age of synthetic oxytocin and easy techniques of caesareans, which is a time when love hormones have been made redundant in the critical period ...

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EVENT: Baystate Children's Hospital 9th Annual NICU Conference (Nov 15)

Here is a conference worth attending. For questions contact Lori Sgueglia, BSN, RNC-NIC:

Please feel free to share this with any colleagues you think might be interested, thank you!

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What is the correct Kangaroo Position?

Through my visits to different NICUs and Post Partum Units, I have noticed that the correct kangaroo position is not consistently being practiced, which may be detrimental to the baby.

We are always very concerned about the positioning, support, providing containment, etc., for the baby on the bed, however, many babies are left to their luck when they are on the mother/father in kangaroo care. The parent needs to use the hands to hold the weight, the correct ...
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Event: 7th Annual International Conference on Brain Monitoring and Neuroprotection in the Newborn

September 13, 2012 - September 15, 2012
Tampa, FL
"The International Conference on Brain Monitoring and Neuroprotection in the Newborn is intended to bring the most current and important research in these fields to a forum where the results can be translated for use by clinicians. The raison d’etre of this meeting lies in the fact that neither researchers nor clinicians interested in learning the state of ...
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"Preemies don't like to be touched" revisited.

When Zachary was born, one of my first questions was "what is a common denominator of babies that are born preemies" and the nurse, without hesitation, said: "they don't like to be touched". I paused a moment and asked her - "could it be because every time they are touched, it hurts?"

I was right. I am Colombian and in my culture we don't have the concept of "personal space". We kiss to say hello and good bye, we ...
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How do you like the small diapers for preemies weighing less than 1,500 grams?

There is a collaborative effort to gauge the satisfaction of parents and professionals about the diapers for preemies that weigh less than 1,500 grams. Click here for more information and to respond to the very short survey.
  • Objectives

    To assess the satisfaction with the diapers in the market and determine path forward.
    To continuously improve the quality of developmental care and to provide an ergonomic environment ...

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