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Kangaroo Mother Care - How To Find Participating Medical Establishments Near You.

Updated on March 1, 2010

Who knew that an article about the benefits of a simple, yet effective skin-to-skin technique called kangaroo mother care, (http://hubpages.com/hub/Kangaroo-Care-And-Your-Baby) would peak such interest.

In addition to fellow hub page readers, several Internet users have commented on this wonderfully simplistic procedure. One reader in particular raised a very vital question....

jimrox says:
13 hours ago

"How does a person go about finding these hospitals in the US. I don't want to repeat my experience with my preemie baby that I had 2 months ago in a Phoenix hospital. They actually discouraged holding my baby and he only had an NG tube...no vent etc".

This made me stop and think; if recent surveys (one in particular) have found that 82 percent of U.S. neonatal intensive care units actually use kangaroo mother care today, then how do we as concerned parents (whether you're expecting now, or preparing for a family in the future) go about finding out which medical establishments; whether they be hospitals or midwifery clinics; participate in this simple, yet potentially lifesaving method?

* The Internet.

Although continued studies are still being performed concerning all the major benefits of kangaroo mother care, the Internet provides a bevy of sources concerning which medical establishments participate in kangaroo mother care.

One Internet site, www.kangaroomothercare.com list at least three hospitals with seasoned active programs of kangaroo mother care (or KC):

1.) Maryland -

Anne Arundel Medical Center, Franklin Square Hospital Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237
443-777-7000

2.) Pennsylvania - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
111 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 1910
Thomas Jefferson University NICU: (215) 955-8346

3.) Washington - Kadlec Medical Center
888 Swift Blvd
509-946-4611
Richland, WA 99352-3514

- The Big Apple - In 2008, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. (HHC) unveiled their first of 11 neonatal intensive care units at Queens Hospital Center, Jamaica, N.Y.

These units were specially designed to mimic the nurturing environment of the mother's womb, thereby reducing the stress on the NICU experience and improving the immediate and long-term health of premature babies.

In addition to it's other major benefits provided, the facilities would encourage breastfeeding and skin-to-skin bonding between babies and parents, otherwise known as kangaroo mother care (http://nursing.advanceweb.com/Editorial/Content/Editorial.aspx?CC=114429).

- The Peach State - Memorial University Medical Center hospital in Savannah, Ga. (where I gave birth to my two children) are also advocates of this procedure.

Address:

Memorial University Medical Center Hospital Campus 4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404 - 912-350-8000(http://www.memorialhealth.com/healthinfo/content.aspx?pageid=P02414).

* Your Physician.

Another great source of information is your attending physician, midwife, or doula.

Since they have their finger on the pulse of the medical society, who better else than request this information from.

Don't be afraid to enquire of them whether they are aware of this technique; are they for or against it; and does the hospital they practice at provide this procedure?

* Your Medical Establishments.

In addition to your attending physician, you can also contact your local medical establishments and request whether or not kangaroo mother care is provided in their NICU's.

In the event they do not offer it, request whether or not they know of the nearest medical establishment(s) that provide this technique.

* Government Programs.

Local governmental programs such as, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, and the Division of Family and Children Services (DFACS) program, may be able to provide you with this information as well.

Since most of these programs arduouslysupport breastfeeding (which in my opinion goes hand in hand with kangaroo mother care), they too may be able to provide you with the necessary information.

* Word Of Mouth.

Sometimes, the best way to acquire pertinent information is through word of mouth.

So don't hesitate to talk with family members, friends, acquaintances, or social groups regarding any experiences they may have had with this procedure.

Keep you eyes and ears open for those who've experienced kangaroo mother care first hand.

Make enquiries regarding the medical establishment they received the care from, and what the experience was like for them.

- In conclusion, the medical establishments are sitting up and taking notice of all the benefits kangaroo mother care have to offer.

Study after study has shown that this simple technique; with humble beginnings; is truly worth implementing (unless there are extreme circumstances preventing the use of this procedure).

Therefore, use every avenue at your service to determine what medical establishments participate in this simple, yet highly effective technique.

With its rise in popularity here in the U.S., hopefully, kangaroo mother care is here to stay.

* (the website www.kangaroomothercare.com, offers a bevy of products that show just how this procedure works, in addition to devices one can use for in-home kangaroo mother care).

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks nettech for stopping by and sharing your personal experience. Kangaroo mother care in my opinion is so essential for helping babies thrive and bond with their parents. The kangaroo mother care that this article refers to is a simple procedures participating hospitals include in the care and recovery of premature and ill newborns.

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      nettech 

      7 years ago from London (UK)

      Kangaroo are a fantastic company. My son has been NG fed since the age of 5 months because of his serious GERD and food aversion. He has just had fundoplication surgery and is fed via his Mickey Button. The company provided us with a feeding pump which has saved his life as without it, we would've' really struggled. Anyway, just wanted to say how good the company is here in the UK.

      If you're actually referring to the Kangaroo @mother Care' then this is also something that I used when my preemie twins were born at 29 weeks (not the same child who had the op). It definitely helps and we were told by the nurses to use as it helps children bond with their parents. I'd def advise it to anyone.

      Good luck

      Zaheer

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Your welcome creativeone59. I hope it helps a lot of parents.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks for a wonderful hub on kangaroo mothers care. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Your welcome Hello, hello. I thought since a reader made such a vital request, that I'd do further research to help future parents see how they can get this vital information.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your informative hub. It is amazing.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      thanks bayareagreatthing, this method has taken off outside of the U.S., but since the 1990's it's slowly taking on here in the United States. So if 82% of neonatal intensive units here in the states are practicing this, the public needs to be aware of where it's practiced.

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      bayareagreatthing 

      8 years ago from Bay Area California

      wow- I have never heard if this. Very intresting Hub!

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