Kangaroos, Caesareans and Bonding?

Feb 05

Kangaroos, Caesareans and Bonding?

We all know the benefits of skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her baby especially straight after birth; it helps with the bonding process between the mother and her new-born baby, the baby can automatically adjust to an optimum temperature which makes him calmer, therefore, he cries less and it also helps with feeding as babies are known to feed more easily if put to the breast immediately after birth. When a mother gives birth via a ‘C’ section this part of the birthing process is often forsaken as the mother is usually too uncomfortable from the incision and may be groggy or shaky from the anaesthetic  and therefore does not feel confident enough to hold her baby securely in those first few hours after birth, some mothers do not even manage a good, long cuddle for quite a few days – which is really sad for both baby and mum as they are missing out on precious cuddles and important bonding time, which can cause problems later on.

A few hospitals have taken heed of how kangaroos nurture and look after their babies and have experimented with a new garment ‘KangaWrap Kardi’s’ which is a cross between a ballet style wrap cardigan and a vest, it is made out of very light weight fabric so as not to make the mother or baby too hot. It works by popping baby inside the garment, as soon as he is born, directly onto Mum’s skin the garment then holds the baby securely which enables the mum to either feed her baby or gently massage and cuddle her new-born, whilst she gets to know him – after all she has waited nine months to meet this little creature. The hospitals trialing this garment are reporting great results and have found that babies are calmer, going home earlier and also gaining weight more quickly as baby is able to feed little and often which is so important for prem and small babies.  I believe that in this garment will go on general sale to the public soon.

Love and best wishes to you
Linda X