Lessons Learned from the Introduction and Expansion of Kangaroo Mother Care Services in Selected Developing Countries

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 The newborn period is risky for all babies, but especially for low birthweight newborns – most of whom are preterm. Up to 90 percent of newborn deaths are among low birthweight babies, and caring for them in low-income countries is particularly challenging.  In these countries, incubators are often scarce, expensive, and hard to maintain. 

An alternative is Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), an inexpensive, evidence-based approach that improves weight gain, reduces infections, increases breastfeeding, fosters mother-baby bonding, and lowers stress in preterm newborns.  

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