Thursday, May 15, 2014

Happy International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day!

 
Happy International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day!
 
Kangaroo care is skin-to-skin contact between a mother and a baby or a father and a baby. It is similar to how a baby joey is carried by a mother kangaroo.
 
Kangaroo care has been reported to have positive effect on the development of the immune system, temperature regulation, and on the stability of heart and breathing rates of premature babies. It is also said to help to improve the bonding between parents and baby, and stimulate breast milk production.
 
Kangaroo time was very special for me and our little one pound eight ounce baby girl -- Emily -- especially since I didn't really get to see or hold her after my c-section.  
 
I was allowed to kangaroo with Emily in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) a few days after she was born.
 
The first several times that we kangarooed together were really scary -- especially since she was so tiny and on a SiPAP, Billy Rubin, and multiple other machines. We would have to sit together in the rocking chair -- really close to the giraffe -- because the tubes and wires only stretched so far. I wasn't able to move or allow the chair to rock while holding Emily as the nurses were concerned about over-stimulation.
 
The amount of time we were able to kangaroo together -- or just take Emily out of the giraffe -- varied based on the day (it was all dependent upon oxygen saturation levels, as well as her amount of desats and bradys, and the doctor/nurse assigned to her). 
 
At the beginning of our 67-day NICU stay we were only able to kangaroo for  five minutes a day. Those five minutes were better than anything in the world. Our baby is home now -- and it's so nice to be able to hold her as long as we want.
 
Whether you had a premature or full-term baby, were you able to engage in kangaroo care? What was your experience?
 
Preemie Blessings wishes you a very Happy International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day and sends you a virtual hug!

11 comments:

  1. I have heard great things about kangaroo care. Such a blessing that your daughter is doing well!

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  2. Happy International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day! My daughter was 3.5 weeks early and thankfully didn't have to spend any time in the NICU. I still cherish the skin-to-skin we had those first few weeks. It really does make a difference and helps with the bond. It's a great way for dads to bond too!

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  3. Aw!! What A Great Day This Is Awesome Glad Emily Is Doing Better!

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  4. What a cute kangaroo!! I LOVE skin on skin time!! Some of my favorite moments!!

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    1. Hi, Today's The Best Day! Thanks for your note. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed kangarooing! -Michelle

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  5. My now 9 year old had colic for 7 months. I did do some kangaroo care with him to help him soothe during the worst of it. A friend had a tiny premmie too, and once he was home, he was still so small she used to carry him around in her bra! :-)

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    1. Hi, Laura! Thanks so much for writing! I'm pleased to hear that kangaroo care was therapeutic for your son while he was experiencing colic. In addition, I never thought about carrying Emily in my bra! That would have given a whole new meaning to the phrase, "my cups runneth over." Thanks again and I hope we can keep in touch! -Michelle

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  6. One of the best moments of my life is hold my baby chest to chest when she was born.

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    1. Hi, Michelle! Thanks for your note. I'm so glad to hear that kangaroo care brings you good memories! Thanks again and I hope that we can keep in touch! Take care - Michelle

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  7. I have a picture of my baby tucked into my tank top skin-to-skin when he was only a day old. I love that picture and all the precious memories of his first day! Hugs back! :)

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    1. Mama's Happy Hive - Thank you so much for your sweet note! Kangaroo time so early on must have been an incredible experience for both mom and baby! I hope you were able to frame the precious picture of the two of you. Have a great weekend! - Michelle

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