Baby Friendly Caesarean Section Birth

Last year our very own Sarah Gregson worked alongside a wonderful team at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to create a video showing budding parents what they can do to give their baby the best possible start at a caesarean birth.

The video shows the process of the C-section and illustrates the importance of kangaroo care and how this benefits baby at this early stage:

The video has been a great success and picked up a great deal of interest online – you can read the responses on the YouTube link here.

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Saving Lives in Kenya

Maternal and Child Healthcare in Narok County, Kenya

In Narok, for every 100,000 live births, 435 women die, compared to just 12 in the UK

Trade4Life responded to an appeal for funds by Christian Aid to retrain traditional “birth helpers” in Narok County, Kenya. In the culture, well-meaning but untrained ordinary women are called upon to attend home births but struggle to cope with even the smallest of complications, often with disastrous results.

Trade4Life’s gift of £5,000 was increased to £20,000 by European Union match funding to help fund a project that includes a retraining programme.

An update on the project’s progress can be found here.

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KangaWrap Kardi Research

Many of you have heard that we’re looking to release the KangaWrap Kardi and we’ve had a number of requests from avid baby wearers to find out more; it’s time we release an update on the project…

Midwives at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust are finalising their research report on the effects of Kangaroo Care on term babies born by Caesarean Section. The study used the KangaWrap Kardi and we’ll be publishing this report here on the blog soon.

We’re also planning to make the KangaWrap Kardi available to hospitals this year.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

KangaWrap at Gates Foundation

Sarah (right) with other contributors at the conference

Sarah Gregson, consultant midwife and Trade4Life founder, was recently invited to contribute at a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation conference in Rwanda to look at how Kangaroo Care may help  prevent infant deaths in developing countries.

Sarah followed this with 3 weeks in Nepal working in a Birth Centre in Kathmandu as part of the Royal College of Midwives twinning project (another amazing experience!) and got home just 10 days before Christmas…

Sarah’s findings from her time at the Gates Foundation are expressed below:

In summary, the Foundation have recognised that Kangaroo care can significantly improve outcomes for preterm infants, but to date there has been very limited adoption with estimated 5% coverage worldwide.  African women in poor communities are not yet practising Kangaroo widely – they only tend to carry their babies on their backs.

There is also a stigma attached to having a preterm baby and this may also explain the reluctance to do something different, as well as the practicalities of having a baby constantly skin to skin for so long, especially in cases of extreme prematurity.

The picture below shows a Mum who has been doing Kangaroo care for 6 weeks in the hospital and you can imagine how hard this must be for her, but also that this has saved the life of her baby!

Rwanda Baby Kangaroo Care

 The purpose of the forum was to explore whether products could have a part to play in helping to ‘accelerate’ the up take of Kangaroo care. It was an amazing experience to join researchers, business people and other ‘product designers’ to discuss how this could be taken forward. There was considerable interest in the KangaWrap, especially in it’s simplicity of design. A senior neonatologist in South India was really taken with it – as was a researcher from Uganda.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Kangaroo Care, click here.

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Mumsnet Best Award

Mumsnet RibbonWe were pleased to end 2014 with a Mumsnet Best award for positive reviews for the KangaWrap. You can see our Mumsnet listing here:


If you’ve used our KangaWrap before please leave your rating/review on one of our listings below:


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