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Celebrate International Kangaroo Care Day

May 15 is International Kangaroo Care Day that

May 15 is International Kangaroo Care Day that encourages parents to have skin-to-skin contact with their newborns. (Credit: Handout)

Today is International Kangaroo Care Day.

Kangaroo Care Day, referring to skin-to-skin bonding with a newborn, has been around for decades in other countries and now, the United States is implementing changes to make skin-to-skin the standard care for both pre- and full-term babies.

The World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Surgeon General and American Academy of Pediatrics all encourage mom and baby to practice skin-to-skin or Kangaroo Care, immediately after birth and as often as possible throughout the postpartum period.

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I remember the moment my now 2-year-old daughter was born. The doctor placed her on me and I couldn't believe how she snuggled right into me. In the hospital and after bringing her home, the skin-to-skin contact really helped her calm down if she was fussy or crying (and she wasn't hungry or wet!).

If you're looking to get the skinny on skin-to-skin contact, join NuRoo's free webinar, hosted by Isis Parenting to learn about the science behind the practice. You'll also find out why Kangaroo Care works and learn the origin of skin-to-skin, the benefits for both mom and baby and more. Newborn sleep patterns, separation versus non-separation and how skin-to-skin helps to with breast-feeding will also be discussed.

The free webinar takes place tonight at 8. To learn more and register, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=xlucpcclqegv.

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