CHOP promoting benefits of 'kangaroo care'

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is spreading awareness about the benefits of skin-to-skin contact with babies.

Hadas Kuznits
May 25, 2018 - 6:10 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is spreading awareness about so-called "kangaroo care" and how it can help babies thrive. 

CHOP is in the midst of a two-week-long "Kangaroo-athon" event. Certified child life specialist Amanda Von Wagner says the goal is to spread awareness about the importance of having skin-to-skin contact with babies.

"Some families have certain maternity wear that really becomes like a pouch," she said, "which is why we call it kangaroo-ing, that they can secure the baby."

Kristin Johns Keating, whose son Donovan is spending time in the NICU after birth, says kangaroo care is helping her baby thrive.

"I would put him on my chest, he'd just be in his diaper, then just hold him there," she said. "He'd get relaxed, it would also relax me and I know it helps to regulate body temperature and breathing and heart rate."

Meanwhile, Danielle Staccone says her son Lorenzo feels safe against her chest because he recognizes her.

"There have been several times where he's been fussy," she said. "I mean, we've picked him up and laid him on my chest and smelling me and hearing my heartbeat, he was so used to hearing that when he was inside, that he just calms down."