International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day is held on May 15th and to celebrate we'd love all Australian NICUs and Special Care Units to be involved in our annual Kangaroo-a-thon!

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Kangaroo Throw Down!

Our goal 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 2 week period. You can host an event across a 2 week duration (1st - 15th 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 tool kit, which we have used to promote, educate and host our kangarooing event. You are welcome to use any or all the tools, 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 and cuddle count form so they can log their hours.
  • Print and use freely any of the promotional posters.
  • Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @MiracleBabiesFoundation and encourage families to post comments and photographs #kangarooathon #miraclebabies
  • At the end of your kangaroo-a-thon tally and email your total hours

How do you register?

Registering is easy! All you have to do is send an email to our challenge coordinator shayne.fraser@miraclebabies.org.au Please give us your unit name, a contact for your event, and we’ll add you to our mailing list. The results will be then posted for you to see. 

The question is … do you kangaroo?

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