Saturday, December 08, 2007

Value of skin-to-skin contact

This article from the Daily Mail shows how skin-to-skin contact--an element of kangaroo mother care--saved a very premature baby weighing only 20 ounces that doctors had given up for dead.


  1. Beautiful story! Common sense says, let mom hold baby in any instance, but how great to show that it is so powerful!

  2. "I have not the slightest doubt that mother's love saved her daughter."
    But other mothers love their babies no less! Shout it from the rooftops that this should be standard of care for all preemies!
    Off to write comment on the Daily Mail site.

  3. Yes indeed. I'm thinking back to the Monty Python sketch where they quickly cut the umbilical cord (witha meat cleaver--love it!), and say, "Measure it, blood type it, and isolate it!" Thump! goes the cover on the incubator.

    Unfortunately that is all to often the reality, especially with preemies.


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