The Benefits of Kangaroo Care

In this age of ever-increasing technology, how do newborns experience love and nurturing in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit? Kangaroo Care - a method of developmental care for babies - is the foundation for healthy emotional relationships and provides optimal neuro-sensory input for the infant's developing brain. Mother and ChildIn this evidence-based practice, the mother or father holds their infant skin-to-skin and chest-to-chest for a minimum of one hour. This promotes a multitude of health benefits as well as emotional benefits for both babies and parents:

Benefits for Babies

  • Enhances physiologic stability
  • Improves immunity
  • Improves weight gain
  • Shortens length of hospital stay
  • Enhances metabolic functions
  • Reduces stress
  • Decreases crying
  • Enhances bonding
  • Eases physiologic transitions
  • Increases initiation, duration, exclusivity and success of breastfeeding
  • Keeps infant warm and helps provide better temperature regulation than incubator
  • Greatly minimizes pain
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves brain, cognitive and psychomotor development
  • Stabilizes blood pressure
  • Prevents hypoglycemia
  • Improves respirations and stabilizes breathing

Benefits for Parents

  • Enhances maternal and paternal attachment and helps to provide sensitivity and responsiveness to the infant
  • Empowers parents and increases confidence and competence in providing infant care
  • Promotes breast milk production
  • Creates more nurturing interactions
  • Facilitates better transition to home environment