Addressing Critical Knowledge Gaps in Newborn Health

Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)

Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is one of the most promising ways to save preterm and low birth weight babies in high- and low-income settings alike. This form of care, initiated in hospitals, involves teaching mothers and other caregivers how to keep newborns warm through continuous skin-to-skin contact on the mother’s chest. KMC has been shown to prevent infections, promote breastfeeding, regulate the baby’s temperature, breathing, and brain activity, and encourages mother and baby bonding.