The team within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit here at the NMH are currently working to encourage and further develop Kanagroo Care within the NICU.
Kangaroo Care is the practice of promoting skin to skin contact for stable premature babies, where the baby is placed chest to chest with a parent, wearing only a nappy. Studies have shown that the benefits to premature babies is immense, including:
helps regulate baby's body temperature
more rapid brain development
close hold enhances successful breastfeeding
earlier parent-baby bonding
warmth helps calm the baby
In 2016 Kerri O'Connell and Nicola McJackson recently set up a fundraising page, raising funds towards improvement in kangaroo care at the National Maternity Hospital.
To date, they have raised over €7,500 and we have purchased 2 kangaroo care chairs, 2 hospital grade breast pumps and 2 privacy screens for use in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.