Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is continued skin-to-skin contact between the mother and her infant, and includes exclusive breastfeeding initiated when the baby is born. It is recognized as an effective method that can provide newborns with thermal care and essential nutrients through breast-feeding. It can also assist in facilitating mother to child bonding. More information on KMC can be found on the WHO website
Embrace and KMC:
Embrace is a strong supporter of KMC, and all of our educational programs include information and training on this important practice. We have designed the Embrace Infant Warmer to complement KMC. We also believe in providing women and caretakers with increased options to meet the complex needs of premature and low birth weight babies. Although KMC is highly effective, in practice it can be very difficult for women to provide KMC 24 hours a day in developing countries. This is particularly true for women who are working and/or caring for other children, women who are in transit, who are recovering from a traumatic birth, and those in disaster-relief and post-conflict settings. Using the Embrace Infant Warmer in conjunction with KMC increases the ability to provide continuous thermal support to low birth weight infants.