ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Hospitals across the country are joining a national effort to enhance care for newborns by encouraging skin-to-skin contact through something known as “kangaroo care.”
After receiving a challenge from a hospital in Canada, Mercyhealth’s neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) is competing to provide the most skin-to-skin hours between new mothers and their newborns than any hospital across the country.
“Kangaroo care” means the mother holds the child against their chest for hours at a time after birth.
Physicians say it’s especially important in the hours and days after delivery.
Studies have shown that skin-to-skin touch is crucial to a baby’s development, and beneficial for parents, too.
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