The goal of our Kangaroo-A-Thon is to encourage all NICU and SCN Units to actively promote Kangaroo Care and log as many hours of kangaroo holding (including modified holding) in a two week period. We hope you can host an event across the two week duration in May. We want to see as many hours of brain developing, neuro-protective, attachment building, and immunity boosting good times.

Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto Canada found that a kangaroo-a-thon was a fantastic way to break down barriers, unite staff and families with a common goal and witness the transformation of parents, as they were encouraged to cuddle with their infant.

What do you need to do?

We have a toolkit that we send through with your unique code that links your hospital to the parents and a step by step guide on how to use the app. Once you receive the confirmation of your registration and your hospital has been set up, you can use these to promote, educate and host your kangarooing event. The idea is to break down obstacles that may discourage your unit from doing this. We encourage you to;

  • Print and provide each family a parent info letter  so they can learn how to log their hours.

  • Print and use freely any of the promotional flyer.
  • Print Miracle Month of May Poster and Generic Kangaroo-a-thon poster and stick around the unit.
  • Join us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter and encourage families to post comments and photographs #miraclebabies #kangaroocare #kangaroocuddle #nicu #specialcare #premmie
  • At the end of your kangaroo-a-thon, all of your parents results are automatically tallied, which makes it a lot easier for the hospitals (and us!)

The winning Australian hospital will also receive a Kangaroo Care Chair, generously funded by WaterWipes. We are very thankful for WaterWipes supporting the Kangaroo-a-thon for another year.

What is Kangaroo Care?

Kangaroo care or skin-to-skin contact is a special way both mums and dads can spend 

time holding their baby and it is an experience parents remember fondly during their hospital stay.

Babies wear only a nappy and are placed in an upright position directly on their dad’s bare chest or between mum’s bare breasts. The baby’s head will be turned to the side and then a blanket is placed on top.

Depending on your baby’s medical condition, you may be able to have your first cuddle the day they are born. Other times, you may need to wait days or weeks before their condition is stable enough for you to do so.

It is a good idea to ask your baby’s nurse when would be a good time, as some days may be better than others depending on how your baby is feeling, how you are feeling or what is going on in the nursery.

Kangaroo care can be done with both premature and full-term babies and is known to have many benefits, such as:

Benefits to Baby:

  • Maintain baby’s body temperature
  • Regulates baby’s heart and breathing rates
  • Encourages baby to spend more time in a deep sleep
  • Increases baby’s weight gain
  • Improved oxygen saturation levels
  • Can improve breast milk production and increases the chances of successful breastfeeding
  • Longer periods of alertness
  • Helps promote frequent breastfeeding

Benefits to Parents:

  • Can build confidence
  • Increases your bond with baby and can ease feeling of separation
  • Can improve breast milk production and increases the chances of successful breastfeeding

"I visited my son an average of 12 hours everyday and spent most hours next to his bedside. The time I treasured most was our daily Kangaroo cuddles; we would spend 2 hours snuggling together, often with the both of us drifting off to sleep. Though there were lots happening around us it often seemed that we were the only two people in the room." - Naomi, Miracle Mum to Caden born at 29 weeks.

Parents should not apply strong perfumes and deodorant or smoke before participating in kangaroo care time with their baby. If the doctors feel that cuddling would be too much for your baby, you can still provide them comfort by offering your finger to grasp, talking or singing to them. However, it is always important to speak with your baby's medical team if you have any questions in relation to kangaroo cuddles during this pandemic.

Previous Kangaroo-a-thons: 
Thank you to all the hospital NICU & SCN locations who participated in the 2023 Kangaroo-A-Thon! It was incredibly encouraging to see how hard everyone worked to promote this vital campaign. We hope you all had a hopping good time and increased education and awareness with your families and staff.

2024 Instructions for Parents:

Download The Zaky app and create an account: The Zaky

  • Once you’ve created your account, Click ‘COMPETE’ (bottom footer menu in app)
  • Click on ‘Join a Team’ (need to enter your Hospital’s team code)
  • Go into ‘JOURNAL’ and add a Kangaroo Care Journal and save. Only hours logged between 15 May – 29 May (AEST) will be counted in the contest.
2024 Participating Hospitals: Team Code
Royal Hospital for Women
Royal Darwin Hospital  T199983
Townsville University Hospital T165349
Centenary Hospital for Women and Children
Joan Kirner Women and Children’s hospital  T158050
Caboolture Hospital T586166
Ballarat Base Hospital  T606361
Rockingham General Hospital  T358870
Rockhampton Hospital   T755670
Fiona Stanley Hospital  T549233
Nepean Hospital  T144958
Launceston Hospital  T585829
John Hunter Hospital T830941
Box Hill Hospital T572180
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital T232911
Port Macqarie Base Hospital  T571560
Dubbo Base Hospital  T291517
Cairns Hospital T569156
Mercy Hospital For Women T167541
Royal North Shore Hospital T240069
Grampians Health Ballarat T383499
Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital T622698
Perth Children's Hospital T137403
King Edward Memorial Hospital T528470
Royal Hobart Hospital T291067
Wollongong Hospital


Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital


Flinders Medical Centre


Children's Hospital Westmead


Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital


Liverpool Hospital



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