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Kangaroo Care

Kangaroo Care (KC) is a special, intimate way for moms, dads and significant caregivers to hold their newborn. KC is placing a newborn baby skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest with a caregiver. In Kangaroo Care, the baby is naked except for a diaper and a piece of cloth covering the baby's back. Its practice has become the standard of newborn care and is supported by over 40 years of ongoing research. 


Kangaroo Care is a multi-sensory experience for baby that allows him or her to demonstrate their natural abilities and instincts while learning about the new world around them. When in KC, mom and baby’s body rhythms fall in sync with each other. This synchronicity benefits the physiology of the body’s systems and impacts baby’s behavior, development and social interactions as he or she grows.

Kangaroo Care got its name because the placement of the infant between the breasts seemed to imitate marsupial (pouched mammals) care giving by providing warmth, protection and ready access to nutrition. 

Immediately after Birth

Assuming there are no complications, the baby will be placed in KC as quickly as possible after birth.  Ideally, the baby should remain with you in this position, uninterrupted for the first hour of life.

KC eases a newborn’s transition to life outside the uterus. With continued practice up through the first 3 months of life, KC enhances the health and wellbeing of both babies and their moms.

How does Kangaroo Care benefit my Baby?

  • Calms & Relaxes


    Decreases baby’s stress responses and regulates heart rate and breathing

  • Better Quality Sleep: Helps with development of mature brain function
  • Cry less: Baby’s pain response is lowered when held in KC
  • Regulates Temperature: Within minutes, breasts adjust to cool baby down or warm baby up
  • Enhances Immunity: Mom’s immune system passes antibodies through her skin and breast milk to baby
  • Skin Hydration: Gives a protective guard against harmful bacteria entering baby’s skin
  • Encourages Breastfeeding Behavior: 60 minutes of KC increases feeding frequency and raises a hormone level in the mother that is critical for maintaining milk supply.

How does Kangaroo Care benefit Mom?

  • Lowers risk of postpartum depression
  • Breastfeed more easily
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Learn cues that your baby is getting hungry
  • Lowers stress hormone levels
  • Bond more with your baby
  • Decreases postpartum bleeding
  • Gain confidence and contentment in caring for your baby
  • Increases pain tolerance
  • Encourages feeling of well-being


For more information on Kangaroo Care, speak to your provider/nurse

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  • 2500 MetroHealth Drive|Cleveland, OH 44109|(216) 778-7800
  • All Rights Reserved.