Kangaroo Mother Care for Low Birth Weight (LBW)

A technique of caring for LBW babies wherein the mother (or father) holds the baby skin-to-skin, on her chest, in between her breasts, and kept in this position by clothing or “faja” for most of the day and night. This technique provides the LBW the warmth, stimulation and nutrition (through breastfeeding) he/she requires for appropriate growth and development. An incubator may provide warmth but not the appropriate stimulation and nutrition only a mother can provide her LBW to sustain growth and development. The technique has evolved into standard programs implemented by hospitals, health ministries and health care organizations worldwide. It has been recognized not only as a life-saving program but more importantly a more humane way of caring for premature and low birth weight babies previously left to the care of technology and medical manpower in the Neonatal intensive care units of hospitals.

 

RESOURCES:

MATERNAL and NEONATAL HEALTH

KANGAROO MOTHER CARE