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The Benefits of Kangaroo Care

by Jennifer Beatty, MSW, Family Support Navigator and NICU mom of two Kangaroo care is a form of developmental care that has benefits for all newborns, especially those who are in the neonatal intensive care unit. Also known as skin-to-skin contact or kangaroo mother care, kangaroo care involves direct contact when a newborn is placed skin-to-skin on […]

Thanking My Husband on Father’s Day: Showing Love in the NICU

My husband was not new to being a dad when our preemie was born 3 months before her due date. In fact, as our third child and third daughter at that, he felt experienced and confident as we looked forward to her birth. That changed when we found ourselves looking at her through the barrier […]

Babywearing Benefits for the Premature Infant

When your baby is born prematurely, it is natural to feel unimaginable stress and helplessness. But if there was something you more you could do to promote the health and wellness of your baby, while greatly easing your emotional stress, you would undoubtedly do it.

A very interesting study in Evolutionary Psychology Journal suggests that human babies are physically made to be held and carried, as opposed to ‘nested’ (i.e. left in the bassinet). “The human infant, when lying on the back, frequently assumes a position where both legs are flexed and abducted.”1 The study goes onto discuss the shape of an infant’s spine is a ‘C’ shape which is conducive to being carried on their caregiver’s front (facing them), as opposed to an adult’s spine which is ‘S’ shaped. It is perfectly natural for babies to be worn and carried; they are physically created to be! [Read more]

When NICU Dad Is Also a Doc

I remember watching my husband over the course of our daughter’s 79 day NICU stay. Born at 27 weeks, and just over 2 pounds, she was covered in wires and tubes and the beeping of machines were the lullabies played in her hospital room. As terrified as I was as her mother, I could sense […]

Kangaroo Care and Beyond: Building Attachment with Your Baby, One Hug at a Time

For me, attachment was one of those things. One of THOSE things. It gave me a pang when for the first couple months of my son’s life I had to ask permission to hold him. I had been one of those moms that had hoped to have my boys laid on my chest after birth, to […]