The International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day (May 15th) is a global event celebrated since 2011 by communities that appreciate Kangaroo Care parents, organizations, and professionals.
Kangaroo mother care (KMC) refers to the practice of providing continuous skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, exclusive breastmilk feeding, and early discharge from hospital. KMC is an especially important intervention for babies that are born premature.
To highlight the benefits of KMC, we encourage you to take a few moments to read a new article, watch a video, engage in a conversation, and share your stories with us (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Submit a blog to the HNN collection, Telling Your Story: transforming care for small and sick newborns
- Take the KMC challenge
- Read the KMC Joint Statement endorsed by professional organizations
- Access the KMC Toolkit
- Watch a video about how KMC helped save Tuntufye’s life
- “Kangaroo Mother Care” programme in India helps premature triplets thrive
- Iraq hospitals start “Kangaroo Mother Care” – the best medicine for preterm and small babies
For more information and resources, including a social media and advocacy toolkit, visit the Kangaroo Care Day website.