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In A Mumbai Hospital, 'Kangaroo Care' For Babies

Developed in Columbia in 1978 by Dr Edgar Rey Sanabria, kangaroo care has been endorsed by international medical journals and propagated by global agencies such as WHO and UNICEF in the past few years.

In A Mumbai Hospital, 'Kangaroo Care' For Babies
Photograph by Apoorva Salkade
In A Mumbai Hospital, 'Kangaroo Care' For Babies
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2018-07-27T21:52:03+05:30

At the B.J. Wadia Children’s Hospital in Mumbai, after crossing various sections for neonatal care classified according to the severity of infections and treatments, one reaches the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the end of the corridor, where pre-term or low birth weight babies without any infection are placed under warmers. After the doctors and nurses finish with their daily rounds, the mothers take the babies and sit in reclining chairs to give them “kangaroo care”. While the mother sits comfortably in the chair, the baby is put in a tiny sling, ensuring it is as snug on the mother’s chest as a kangaroo joey in the mother’s pouch near the abdomen. This facilitates effective breastfeeding, increase in the baby’s weight and early discharge from the NICU.

“I sit for five to six hours and I have been able to see the difference,” says Sana Sadiq Sheikh, a resident of Kalyan, who had the baby, her first, ten years after marriage. “My baby was born in the seventh month, on May 1, and we came here five days later, as we couldn’t afford the charges at private clinics. Now the baby is improving on a daily basis.”

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