Mothers and Fathers and family carers of premature infants are encouraged to hold babies in skin-to-skin contact as much as possible.
Research has shown that Kangaroo care reduces both a mother's and her baby's stress hormones (Cortisol) and assists premature neonates to thrive, grow and recover from premature birth more easily.
Skin-to-Skin contact releases the mother-baby bonding hormone Oxytocin. This helps to establish the milk supply and flow.
Skin to skin contact also stabilizes the newborn's breathing, temperature and blood sugar levels.
The mothers body is the perfect place for a baby to be and is the habitat of the baby.
Skin-to-skin contact is great for ALL babies and its even good for you too as it induces a sense of calm.