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Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do to Help Your Preterm Infant Paperback – September 1, 1993
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From Library Journal
Originating in Colombia a decade ago as a means of keeping preterm infants (premies) alive in an unheated hospital, "kangaroo care" is a term describing skin-to-skin contact in an upright position. The authors have written a comprehensive book explaining what it is, which premies are suitable and why (not all qualify), the physiological theories behind it, and how it benefits both infants and their parents. They describe a typical neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stay and how this procedure can complement NICU treatment. For additional information on premies, see Helen Harrison's The Premature Baby Book ( LJ 7/83). Highly recommended for family health collections.
- Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Dr. Susan Ludington-Hoe received her PhD from Texas Women’s University, majoring in maternal-child health and minoring in child development. She is also a certified nurse midwife. Since 1976, Dr. Ludington-Hoe has published numerous scholarly articles documenting her research studies in the field of infant development, infant stimulation, and Kangaroo Care. She is also the coauthor with Susan K. Golant of the popular book How to Have a Smarter Baby.
Top customer reviews
And this book gave me those answers.
I know when you are a NICU parent, you feel so powerless at times. Kangaroo care gives you that power because it positively helps your baby. Even if you don't purchase this book, please do kangaroo care. My baby girl improved so much through kangaroo care. Now that my baby is home and almost 6 months old, I plan to donate this book to the NICU where she was cared for.
Easy to read.
Very detailed which included a lot of scientific research findings on this topic.
However, I would not buy a hardcover. Not worth the money for a hardcover.
When I read this book (a mere 4 days later), it was so affirming to read how beneficial the technique was to him. Yes, I had heard it from the nurses and neonatologists. However, it wasn't until I read the book that I realized it was proven and factually better for him ... and that while I thought I was being selfish, I was actually being a wonderful mother to my little boy.
He is now sleeping peacefully in his crib. I happened upon my Kangaroo Care book earlier today and started crying happy tears, thinking back on our journey and how successfully he has grown and matured. Without the warmth instilled by this book, I am not sure those tears would have been as happy. If you have a preemie, you need this book ... it will completely affirm everything you may selfishly think is for you ... it is best for your Little One.
I also found it was quite informative in the realm of not only the care of preemies (and their signs of distress/contentment), but of full-term infants as well. So, if you're wondering how best to help your small and/or sick baby in the NICU, or are wondering just what benefits the act of such skin-to-skin contact can bring to both you and your full-term newborn, the book is a very good--and helpful--read.
P.S. My son was able to leave the hospital at only 35 weeks post-conception (6 weeks earlier than the doctors estimated!) Today, he's a happy healthy 3-yr old.
Two and a half years later I gave birth to a full term daughter but used KC again because, "it couldn't hurt" and we never suffered those backwards hours that newborns have and I bounced back faster after this birth because I was resting more. Kangaroo Care is worth buying, in fact buy two so you will still have one when you pass one on!! :-)