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Venezuelan hospital encourages “kangaroo” baby care to spare incubators

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By ITN News Editor October 4, 2018 12:38

Venezuelan hospital encourages “kangaroo” baby care to spare incubators

Venezuela’s largest maternity hospital is encouraging new mothers to care for premature babies with skin-to-skin contact rather than in incubators, while the country’s maternity wards struggle with a lack of equipment.At the Concepcion Palacios Hospital, doctors on Monday (October 1) held tutorials to show mothers how to hold newborns against their bare chests inside a pouch or cloth wrap, a practice known as “kangaroo care.”Researchers have linked kangaroo care to lower infant mortality and better developmental outcomes for premature or underweight babies. Countries such as the United States, Norway and Finland promote care, which involves exclusive breastfeeding, early discharge from the hospital after delivery, and close follow-up care at home.But in Venezuela, where public hospitals face shortages of basic medicine and the flight of nurses and doctors abroad after five years of economic crisis, kangaroo care is also a way of reducing pressure on maternity wards’ scarce resources.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 4, 2018 12:38
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