WTVO: Mercyhealth’s NICU Mothers Spending More Time ‘Skin-to-Skin’ with Newborns

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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