New Research Shows “Kangaroo Mother Care” Reduces Newborn Deaths More than 50 Percent, Proven to be More Effective than Incubators for Stable Preterm Babies
WESTPORT, Conn., (March 26, 2010) – Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is one of the most effective ways to save preterm babies, according to a new meta-analysis released today on the effectiveness of this simple, low-cost intervention in which mothers serve as human incubators for their newborns.
Here’s the study:
Lawn JE, Mwansa-Kambafwile J, Horta BL, Barros FC, Cousens S. ‘Kangaroo mother care’ to prevent neonatal deaths due to preterm birth complications. Int. J. Epidemiol., April 2010; 39: i144 – i154.
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A universally available and biologically sound method of care for all newborns, but in particular for premature babies, with three components … Skin-to-skin Contact… Exclusive Breastfeeding… Support to the mother infant dyad.