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  • n. A technique practiced on newborn, usually premature, infants wherein the infant is held, skin-to-skin, with an adult.


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  • “Assess whether the infant is a candidate for skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care) — the infant should be medically stable and not have a chest tube or intracardiac line.” --Guidelines for Skin-to-skin Contact

    December 29, 2011

  • "'Kangaroo care' involves placing a premature baby against a parent's bare chest (with the baby's ear over the adult's heart). In many countries, kangaroo care is continuous, but in the United States most hospitals allow only short periods of contact. Studies have shown both physical and psychological benefits for baby and parent."
    —Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris, From the Hips, 265

    April 18, 2009