(Kangaroo Mother) Method Saving Premature Infants

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Medical facilities in the autonomous Muslim republic Tatarstan have admitted that the Kangaroo mother method of caring for preterm and low birth weight infants works far better than any baby incubator they have been able to use so far.

A new method for caring for preterm infants and low birth weight babies, known as Kangaroo mother care, is now being actively supported in medical facilities in Tatarstan republic which lies under Russian occupation.

The facilities, which have mostly been relying on baby incubators, now admit that this technique works far better.

This form of care involves teaching mothers how to keep newborns warm through continuous skin-to-skin contact with the mother’s chest.

“As soon as I was allowed to take my baby in my arms, my daughter started feeling better, her breathing stabilized, she is eating well and she has gained some weight – she already weighs more than one kilo,” one of the mothers told SputnikNews.

Her daughter was born before she was due, in the 26th week of the pregnancy (normally a pregnancy lasts 40 weeks) and weighed 700 grams (low birth weight is defined as anything less than 2.5 kilograms).

One month later, the girl is almost twice as big. Medics believe that it is due to the Kangaroo Mother Care method and the mother’s efforts.

Medics say that in one of Tatarstan’s maternity hospitals, over 100 babies were born who weighed less than one kilogram last year.

The hospital used to send babies to an intensive care ward, where they were put into incubators. The mothers were then prohibited from joining their newborns in intensive care.

The babies were kept at a temperature of 36 degrees Celsius, in 100 per cent humidity.

The newly-used method originated in Columbia. In response to a shortage of incubators and severe hospital infections, mothers were allowed to nurse the preterm babies themselves.

Since 1983 UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund) has made more people aware of the new method.

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