We are a nonprofit organization, led by health professionals with the task of humanizing the care of newborn infants, particularly those most vulnerable: premature and low birth weight (LBW). We encourage the use, development and dissemination of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), a methodology based on scientific evidence.
The Kangaroo Method
The MMC is a standardized system of care for premature and/or low birth weight, based on skin contact between premature infant and his mother, that seeks to empower parents and transferring gradually the capacity and responsibility of be the primary caregivers of their child, meeting their physical and emotional needs.
The complete intervention components are:
1) Skin to skin contact between the childand the breast of the mother, 24 hours a day, strictly upright.
2) Exclusive breastfeeding whenever possible.
3) Early departure from the hospital in kangaroo position, strictly outpatient follow-up (rather than stay in neonatal minimum care units).
It is important to emphasize that during the ambulatory practice of KMC, kangaroo care quality must meet the standards of minimal care neonatal unit. It is also important to avoid separation of mother and child. Skin-to-skin contact should be initiated as soon and be as long as possible, even in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).