22nd Aug, 2009

Kangaroos Save the Day and the Baby


HypnoBirthing ® the Mongan Method is based on the premise that mother and nature absolutely knows best and that we, as women, don’t need technology to birth and care for our babies.


 Ian Laing, a consultant neonatologist, at the hospital where a 20 oz. baby girl was born and survived after her mother placed her on her chest giving her skin to skin certainly agrees with this sentiment.  The attending doctors had given up on the survival on the baby.   Doctor Laing stated “all the signs were that the little one was not going to make it and we took the decision to let mum have a cuddle as it was all we could do.” 


“Two hours later the wee thing was crying.  I have never seen anything like it in my 27 years of practice.  I have not the slightest doubt that mother’s love saved her daughter.  She had done it all on her own- without any medical intervention or drugs.”


What the mother did was place her daughter on her chest because she didn’t want her to be cold.  When a parent holds their baby on their chest-skin to skin, it is referred to as Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). 


HypnoBirthing parents are urged, as part of their birth preferences, to demand that their baby is placed in a skin to skin position immediately after birth.  This facilitates bonding and understanding between the newborn and his parents and thus creates a corner stone for baby’s healthy development both physically and emotionally.       


The benefits for all babies on KMC are that they stabilize faster on skin to skin care than in the incubator.  KMC babies have stable oxygen rates and breathing.  The heart rate is stable and the temperature is most stable on the mother.  In skin to skin care the mother’s chest automatically warms to warm a cold baby, and the mother’s core temperature can drop if her baby has a temperature.


This is a marvelous example of how the excellence of a natural system is far superior to medical technology and intervention.


 You can read more about KMC at kangaroomothercare.com and you can find a certified HypnoBirthing practitioner at the official HypnoBirthing site HypnoBirthing.com.



………………….When Melissa Bungar gave birth to her third child her mothers instinct told her it was natural to occasionally nestle infant Chloe against her chest skin-to-skin.. My husband thought I was crazy. It just felt like the right thing to do Bungar said..Four years later when Bungar checked into Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh to deliver her fourth child — Eden on March 2 — she filled out a form asking whether she wanted to do kangaroo care. A nurse explained it was skin-to-skin care and talked about the benefits.

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