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 forÂ caring forÂ preterm infants and low birth weight babies, known asÂ Kangaroo mother care, is now being actively supported inÂ medical facilities in Tatarstan republic which lies under Russian occupation.
The facilities, which have mostly been relying onÂ baby incubators, now admit that this technique works far better.
This form ofÂ care involves teaching mothers how toÂ keep newborns warm throughÂ continuous skin-to-skin contact withÂ the motherâ€™s chest.
â€œAs soon asÂ I was allowed toÂ take my baby inÂ my arms, my daughter started feeling better, her breathing stabilized, she is eating well and she has gained some weight â€“ she already weighs more thanÂ one kilo,â€ one ofÂ the mothers told SputnikNews.
Her daughter was born beforeÂ she was due, inÂ the 26th week ofÂ the pregnancy (normally a pregnancy lasts 40 weeks) and weighed 700 grams (low birth weight is defined asÂ anything less thanÂ 2.5 kilograms).
One month later, the girl is almost twice asÂ big. Medics believe that it is due toÂ the Kangaroo Mother Care method and the motherâ€™s efforts.
Medics say that inÂ one ofÂ Tatarstan’s maternity hospitals, overÂ 100 babies were born who weighed less thanÂ one kilogram last year.
The hospital used toÂ send babies toÂ an intensive care ward, where they were put intoÂ incubators. The mothers were then prohibited fromÂ joining their newborns inÂ intensive care.
The babies were kept atÂ a temperature ofÂ 36 degrees Celsius, inÂ 100 per cent humidity.
The newly-used method originated inÂ Columbia. In response toÂ a shortage ofÂ incubators and severe hospital infections, mothers were allowed toÂ nurse the preterm babies themselves.
Since 1983 UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund) has made more people aware ofÂ the new method.