Kangaroo Care

Research Studies show Kangaroo Care is associated with:Kangaroo Care Premature Baby

  • Better Weight Gain
  • Shorter Hospital Stay
  • Fewer Breathing Problems
  • Less crying and quieter sleeps
  • Better Temperature Control
  • More Successful Breastfeeding

Kangaroo Care was developed in Bogota, Columbia in the early 1980s by Rey and Martinez. They found themselves in a situation where there were not enough incubators, so premature babies were strapped on to their mothers.

The mortality rate for these premature infants reduced from 70% to 30%. Research studies since have reported benefits of Kangaroo Care in all types of care setting.

In 2001, the World Health Organisation said:‘Kangaroo Care should be implemented in affluent and developing countries’. As a result, many Western Neonatal Intensive Care Units now perform some form of Kangaroo care for premature babies.

Radio Interview: Kangaroo Care explained by Sarah Gregson on Radio Kent

Award Winning Research

The KangaWrap was developed as a result of award winning research by midwives at Pembury, Kent. the team looked at the outcomes of Kangaroo Care for premature or low weight babies. The wraps they used were found to be heavy and hot, so they developed KangaWrap, a lighter, cooler wrap which mums found to be more comfortable.

Research for Caesarean Births

The research won 'Best example of women centred postnatal care' awarded by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, Anne Milton MP

The research won ‘Best example of women centred postnatal care’ awarded by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, Anne Milton MP

Following their success with this research, the team is researching a KangaWrap Kardi, to enable mums who have had a caesarean to practise “skin to skin” straight after birth, without discomfort. You can read about the Kardi in an article by the Daily Mail from early 2013. Research so far has been very encouraging and we are looking forward to releasing the Kardi in mid 2014.

Research Paper: Kangaroo Care in pre-term or low birth weight babies in postnatal ward
Published in the BJM – Sept ’11

Magazine Article: RCM Magazine – RCM 2012 Award Winning Kangaroo Care Project at Tunbridge Wells Hospital