Not a Debate...but this gave me chills

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Lindsay - posted on 08/27/2010

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I had a close friend that delivered her son at 26 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. They very much encouraged the skin to skin contact...also in the states.

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MIRACLES DO HAPPEN..i heard of this happening a few times,even at full term.Its wonderful and i wish him&family all the very best. ♥ to go from complete despair to pure joy is something i cant even begin to imagine wow.

Tara - posted on 08/28/2010

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not just heart rate, but breathing will also regulate as well as body temp. I taught baby wearing at the health unit in my old city, the topic of kangaroo care was covered in length because it helps not only preemie babies, but all babies. There was a study done a long time ago about a third world country that had a vey very high infant mortality rate, once Kangaroo care was introduced the rate dropped so much so that they had to do a study on it!
It made such a difference that they had a population explosion once all these little wee babies stopped dying shortly after birth!

Katherine - posted on 08/27/2010

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I saw this story and it's just awesome.
They say laying a baby on your chest will regulate it's heartbeat.
If only doctors knew what the power of a mother's touch can do.

Tara - posted on 08/27/2010

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This also gave me chills, it's amazing and inspiring!
I shudder to think what would have happened to this baby if the parents had stopped their good byes after only 20 minutes or so... it's horrible to think.
I hope that this gives doctors and scientist some time to pause and consider the treatment of newborns in relation to skin to skin contact.

Dana - posted on 08/27/2010

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What a great story, it brought me to tears. ♥

I did kangaroo care with my premature son and I do live in the states. He also had the portable billy ruben lights for when I held him.

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I did kangaroo care with my preemie son..once he was strong enough to be held (3 weeks after he was born). I had to wait that long because his skin was so thin that even the most gentle of touches would feel like he was being rubbed by sandpaper.

I was only allowed to hold him for minutes at first but it felt great. I think kangaroo care does wonders for mommies and babies.

Jennifer - posted on 08/27/2010

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Becky, thats awesome that you had a hospital that knows how important skin to skin is for babies, and i'm glad you son did so well! my nephew also had the portable bili light once his levels were starting to gets better but they still only let mom and dad hold him for feedings. i was really irritated about it.

Becky - posted on 08/27/2010

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Wow!! That is amazing!
Jennifer - my oldest son was born at 37 weeks, at low birth weight because he had not been growing properly on the inside. He had pretty bad jaundice. Instead of putting him in the nursery or special care and keeping him in an incubator under the bili lights, the nurses brought in a portable bili light and I held him on my chest, skin to skin, under the light for 2 full days. When I needed a break, his daddy or grandma took over for a bit. He did amazing!! The nurses were surprised with how well he was doing, because he was so alert and eating so well, and usually babies with such bad jaundice just want to sleep. We even got sent home while his levels were still a bit high because he was doing so well. I will forever be grateful to the hospital for allowing that. It made those stressful first few days soooo much better for all of us!
Much to my husband's dismay though, it did turn us into a cosleeping family because after being on mommy's chest for 48 hours, there was no way my son was agreeing to sleep in a bed by himself!

Jennifer - posted on 08/27/2010

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this really is amazing. i wish more hospitals in the states would allow kangaroo care for very sick babies. my brother and his wife just had their son...he was born at 38 weeks which is full term but he was not well in the beginning. he had very bad sugar levels and bad jaundice...they had him in the NICU for a week or so after delivery and most of that time my brother and his wife were only allowed to hold him for feedings. he probably would have done much better if the hospital allowed more contact.

Lauren - posted on 08/27/2010

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This made me happy. It's an amazing story.

...Just made me wonder how many other premature babies have died unnecessarily due to being pronounced dead, when all it could have taken was some skin to skin contact. Makes me really sad.

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Johnny - posted on 08/27/2010

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That brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful outcome! Sometimes I wonder if we don't de-humanize ourselves to much and forget the power of our own bodies. I am so happy for their family.

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It makes you question doctors judgements, what a beautiful outcome though. That is truely a miracle!

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