Historically, babies have been viewed as a blank slate in Western philosophy and culture, and it was believed they could only learn what adults taught them once they could speak. In the last 30 years neuro-scientific research has helped us discover that babies are wired to receive and process information from before birth. Continue reading
The first contact a newborn baby has is usually with the midwife or obstetrician, as she catches the baby and ‘hands” the newborn to the mother or places the baby on her abdomen or chest. Continue reading
One of the foremost researchers in kangaroo mother care, Dr Gene Cranston Anderson of Case Western Reserve University, became aware of the research in Bogota and undertook her own studies and kangaroo mother care research in the United States of America. The concept that the mother’s body is the ideal ecological habitat or niche habitat for the baby was incorporated into kangaroo care through research summarized by Dr Anderson (1991). It became evident Continue reading
Kangaroo Mother Care was initiated in Bogota, Colombia after a dying newborn premature baby was handed to her mother as a last resort. The mother placed the baby skin to skin on her chest to say her last goodbyes and the little one thrived and survived. Doctors observed the Continue reading
By Marianne Littlejohn
Skin-to-skin contact means placing a newborn baby without clothes onto a mother’s skin on her chest, and maintaining this contact by fixing the baby in this position with a wrap. In this position, babies are warmed by the mother’s skin temperature, their heart rate stabilizes and the breathing rate is better regulated. Babies produce increased amounts of growth hormone, as well as oxytocin, both of which improve the babies’ wellbeing. Maintenance of this position is called Kangaroo Mother Care.
Crucial research into Kangaroo Mother Care has shown there are substantial physiological benefits of skin-to-skin contact for babies. Evidence from studies in human neurobiology Continue reading