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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 […]

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]

So Many Ways to Bond With Your Preemie

Traditional childbirth? Nope. There was nothing traditional about our pregnancy, delivery, NICU stay, or arrival home. Instead of wondering who my daughter looked like when she was born, I wondered if she was breathing. Rather than hold her and exchange glances as she associated mommy’s voice with my face, she was whisked away in a […]

The Pros and Cons of Kangaroo Care

Holding your beautiful little miracle brings forth a wide array of emotion; fear, sadness, happiness, and sometimes even guilt but the importance of your touch can be a life changing event for your preemie. Kangaroo care is an up close and personal encounter, it consists of placing your child in their diaper on your bare chest. Numerous […]