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Title Kangaroo mother care : a practical guide
Published Geneva : Dept. of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, ©2003


Description 1 online resource (48 pages) : illustrations
Contents Table of Contents; Tables; Abbreviations; Glossary; 1. Introduction; 2. Evidence; 3. Requirements; 4. Practice Guide; References; Annexes
Summary Annotation Some 20 million low-birth-weight babies are born each year, because of either preterm birth or impaired prenatal growth, mostly in less developed countries. For many small preterm infants, receiving prolonged medical care is important. However, kangaroo mother care is an effective way to meet baby's needs for warmth, breastfeeding, protection from infection, stimulation, safety and love. Kangaroo mother care is care of preterm infants carried skin-to-skin with the mother. It is a powerful, easy-to-use method to promote the health and well-being of infants. This document describes the kangaroo mother care method for care of stable preterm/low-birth-weight infants who need thermal protection, adequate feeding, frequent observation, and protection from infection. It provides guidance on how to organize services at the referral hospital and on what is needed to introduce and carry out kangaroo mother care, focusing on settings where resources are limited. Evidence for the recommendations are provided whenever possible. This book has been prepared for health professionals in charge of low-birth-weight and preterm newborn infants in first referral hospitals in settings with scarce resources. It is also aimed at decision-makers and planners at national and local levels
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 41-43)
Notes Print version record
Subject Premature infants -- Home care.
Attachment behavior.
Parent and child.
Infant Care -- methods
Infant, Low Birth Weight -- psychology
Object Attachment
Parent-Child Relations
MEDICAL -- Perinatology & Neonatology.
MEDICAL -- Nursing -- Pediatric & Neonatal.
Parent and child
Attachment behavior
Premature infants -- Home care
Form Electronic book
Author World Health Organization. Reproductive Health and Research.
ISBN 0585492549