World Prematurity Day and Kangaroo Care
1. Discouraging elective C-sections and labor inductions unless there’s a compelling medical reason. 2. Reducing the number of embryos transferred during fertility treatment. 3. Supporting pregnant women to give up smoking. 4. Providing women with high-risk pregnancies with progesterone supplementation. 5. Performing cervical cerclage, a minor surgical procedure, on pregnant women with short cervixes.In 2012, WHO and its partners published the Lancet report, Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth, which presents the first country-by-country estimates of preterm birth. This report is a joint effort of nearly 50 international, regional and national organizations, led by the March of Dimes, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Save the Children and the World Health Organization in support of the Every Woman Every Child effort, led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report details more than 30 new and expanded commitments to prevention of preterm birth and to the care of preterm babies. (You can see the more than 200 commitments here: www.everywomaneverychild.org.)
Based upon these findings of this report, the WHO has also committed to the following specific actions:
So while global NGOs and researchers continue their dedicated work in the discovery of the causes of preterm birth, as well as creating preventative interventions, companies like Boba Family continue their grassroots efforts in the communities where we live and raise our families. Like the WHO, Boba Family advocates for research-based Kangaroo Mother Care as an incredibly effective, life-saving arm of preterm baby care. Kangaroo Mother Care keeps preterm babies and mothers together, so that a mother can be the primary source of physical and emotional comfort for her baby within the extended care of the medical system.
- to work with countries to improve the availability and quality of data on preterm births;
- to provide updated analyses of global preterm birth levels and trends every 3 to 5 years;
- to work with partners to research the causes of preterm birth, and test effectiveness and delivery approaches for interventions to prevent preterm birth and treat babies that are born preterm;
- to regularly update clinical guidelines for the management of pregnancy and mothers with preterm labour or at risk of preterm birth, and those on the care of preterm babies, including Kangaroo Mother Care, feeding babies with low birth weight, treating infections and respiratory problems, and home-based follow-up care; and
- to develop tools to improve health workers’ skills and assess the quality of care provided to preterm babies.
For both preterm and full-term babies, Kangaroo Mother Care:
To learn more about Kangaroo Mother Care, please follow the links and watch our interview with Angela and her son, Levi. Benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care World Health Organization: Kangaroo mother care to reduce morbidity and mortality and improve growth in low-birth-weight infants Resources Cited for this Post:
- Mimics the environment of the womb
- Regulates body temperature
- Enhances lactation, the prevalence, and the duration of breast-feeding
- Enhances immunological protection
- Lessens crying for babies, while lowering stress and subsequently lower levels of cortisol for both parent and child.
- Enhances growth/weight gain
- Leads to shorter hospital stays
- Provides a buffer against over-stimulation
- Reduces apnea and uneven breathing
- Stabilizes heart rate
- Improves neurobehavior
- Assists in bonding process and builds attachment
- Builds parent confidence and competence
- Helps parents play an active rather than passive role in their baby’s recovery
- Provides longer periods of restful sleep
- Saves lives
- Plus, it is safe. Not one study has proven that it can harm your baby.