One feature that has made it particularly attractive in affluent industrialized regions is the sense of empowerment it provides mothers by allowing it to participate in the improvement of their premature baby compared to incubator care. The technique has also been shown to improve the bond between mother and child, particularly because it prevents women from being separated from their newborns in the first few days after birth.
Babies who have kangaroo care may even cry less and sleep more soundly, as some small studies have suggested. It has also been linked to brain development, including improved alertness and exercise. One study has even suggested that feeling the mother’s heartbeat helps synchronize the babies’ breathing while they are attached to their chest.
Despite the growing evidence base to support the benefits of kangaroo care, its implementation around the world is patchy, even in developed countries like the US. According to some admittedly outdated statistics collected by researchers in 2002, less than 50% of newborns and mothers receive kangaroo care in US hospitals. According to Lawn, things are changing.
“The governments that are likely to invest the most in caring for kangaroo mothers are Scandinavians,” she says. “Caring for kangaroo mothers is becoming standard practice throughout Europe and North America. Either for stable premature babies, but also for sick babies.”
For the first-time mother Ojoma Ekhomun, technology has enabled her to protect and care for her boy in his most vulnerable form. Even now that it is out of danger and growing every day, she wants to keep it on her chest.
“I will continue it until [my] Baby is going, “she says.” It is very nice. “
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