Why are there no Kangaroo’s in the Zoo?
Kangaroos babies are called joeys. A Newborn weighs about .03 ounces at birth; picture a lima bean. After birth, the joey crawls into its mother’s pouch. There it nurses and grows until it is about 8-months old. In the developing world, many babies are born prematurely. Even those full term are underweight. Thus a program called Kangaroo Mother Care has been developed to provide for the mother to act like an incubator with the baby held close to her body. The baby is retained in this position, except for short breaks for bathing, diaper changing, or when the mother is attending to her personal tasks. It facilitates on-demand breastfeeding, increases the mother-baby bond and keeps the baby warm by transmitting the mother’s body temperature to its body.
It also allows babies to go home early. Mothers at home, of course, require adequate follow-up.
And this describes one of Child Health Foundation’s projects in Rwanda, where Bubble CPAPs have saved 15,802 babies during this past year that might have died without this technology. I will not describe this heroic process here, except to say that it starts a breathless newborn breathing. And then, kangaroo care is begun, and when the normal birth weight is reached, the mother can take the baby home.
The Rwandan person, Claudine, who heads this program, wants to reach out to other areas with this good news.
Submitted by Jo Sack