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The Magic of Skin-to-Skin Contact

“In the delicate journey of parenthood, there exists a practice that goes beyond the conventional methods of nurturing and bonding with a newborn – Kangaroo Care.

Also known as skin-to-skin care, and Kangaroo Mother Care, this practice has been proven to offer a plethora of benefits for both premature and full-term infants, fostering a deep connection between parents and their little ones.”

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Benefits of Kangaroo Care (Skin-to-Skin Contact)

Welcoming a newborn into the world is a momentous occasion filled with wonder and joy. That’s why we’re committed to promoting practices that foster the health and well-being of both newborns and their caregivers.

Promotes Bonding and Attachment

Skin-to-skin contact, also known as kangaroo care, creates a beautiful bond between newborns and their parents or guardians. The closeness and warmth shared during this precious time help to strengthen the emotional connection between them, laying the foundation for a lifetime of love and trust.

Regulates Body Temperature

Newborns are still adjusting to life outside the womb, and regulating body temperature can be a challenge. Skin-to-skin contact provides natural warmth, helping to stabilize the baby’s temperature and reduce the risk of hypothermia.

Supports Breastfeeding Success

For mothers who choose to breastfeed, skin-to-skin contact is a game-changer because it stimulates the release of oxytocin, the “love hormone,” which enhances milk production and facilitates the baby’s ability to latch on. This promotes successful breastfeeding and establishes a strong nursing relationship from the start.

Reduces Stress for Both Baby and Parent

The world can be overwhelming for a newborn, but the familiar scent, heartbeat, and touch of a parent provide comfort and security. Skin-to-skin contact has been shown to lower cortisol levels in both babies and parents, reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm.

Enhances Neurodevelopment

The benefits of skin-to-skin contact extend beyond the early days and weeks. Research suggests that this intimate practice can have long-lasting effects on a child’s neurodevelopment, including improved cognitive function and emotional regulation.

Memorial is proud to be designated as a Baby-Friendly® Hospital and to offer the only Level III NICU in the region. We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start in life, and we’re committed to providing the support and resources needed to make that happen.

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