Pre and Peri-Natal Touch
What is Kangaroo Care? Kangaroo care is a method of holding a baby that involves skin-to-skin contact. The baby, is naked except for a diaper and a piece of cloth covering his or her back (either a receiving blanket or the parent's clothing), is placed in an upright position against a parent's bare chest. This snuggling of the infant inside the pouch of their parent's shirt, much like a kangaroo's pouch, led to the creation of the term "kangaroo care." Kangaroo care has been researched for more then 30 years. The research has indicated improved body-weight, increased growth rate, increased survival for pre-term births and increased positive relationships with spouse.
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Touch and Parental Health
Safe and loving touch between spouses can increase health, the rate of wound healing and the quality of relationship. A growing body of research points out how vital touch is for the health of a couple. Such couples in turn create a healthy context for children to develop. Unsafe or unwanted touch does not have these positive impacts. However, increased touch is a powerful way to foster and deepen the connection between partners, particularly during times of stress.