International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day is held on May 15th each year. It would normally mark the start of our annual Kangaroo-a-thon, where we'd encourage NICU and SCN units around the nation and the world to participate in a challenge to tally the highest kangaroo-cuddle hours at the end of the month. It is a great way to spread awareness on the benefits of kangaroo care, whilst promoting skin-to-skin contact in the hospitals.
What is Kangaroo Care?
Kangaroo care or skin-to-skin care 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 parent’s bare chest. The baby’s head will be turned to the side and then a blanket is placed on top of them.