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Kangaroo Mother Care Helps Mothers Bond With Infants

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Mariam Claeson and Cyril Engmann of the foundation’s family health team, and Gary Darmstadt, a senior fellow in the foundation’s Global Development Program, discuss “Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), a practice of holding a newborn baby skin-to-skin, [that] was introduced over three decades ago in Bogotá, Colombia, as an alternative for incubator care for preterm babies. … Most importantly, we need to challenge local and global myths about KMC as a method of care for those who can’t afford better care for their preterm babies. Every mother, irrespective of where she lives and what resources she has at her disposal, should have the opportunity to bond, protect, and optimize the chances for her newborn to live a healthy and productive life” (1/24).