Kangaroo Care is a special way to hold your baby for skin-to-skin contact. Your baby is placed on your bare chest wearing only a diaper and hat and will be covered with a warm blanket. The baby snuggles on your chest covered with a blanket, just like a kangaroo's pouch. That's why it's called Kangaroo Care. Doctors say that holding a baby skin-to-skin is the best care for your baby. 

    Why?

    • Helps your baby adjust to the outside world easier because he can hear your heartbeat and feel your warmth.
    • Helps to keep your baby warm.
    • Helps baby maintain a good heart rate and breathing rate.
    • Your baby will cry less and sleep more.
    • Your baby can be held skin-to-skin during procedures.
    • Your baby will have better brain development.
    • Your baby may take the first feeding at your breast, which is the best care you can provide for your baby.
    • You will have more milk and more success with breastfeeding.
    • You will have better bonding and stronger feelings of closeness. 
    • You will feel more confident caring for your baby.

    Immediately after birth, your baby will be dried off and placed on your chest. Both you and the baby will be covered with warm blankets. Your baby may take the first feeding at the breast. It's important that you not hand the baby to family members or friends during this time, as your baby will get cold and bonding will be interrupted.