HOW? : HOW? Preterm/ LBW
Mother counselled & educated re KMC
Skin to skin contact –except nappy, hat, socks.
12-24 hrs a day except when mum is showering/ toilet
Dad can KMC too
Upright position between breasts
BABY NEEDS : BABY NEEDS Warmth- met by body contact so no need to use up fuel to make heat.
Can hear mum heart beat –same as in utero so relaxes & its HR stable
Stimulation – feeling, talking to baby, moving.
Feeding on demand better controlled
Can continue until baby gest. Age 37/40 but it will tell mum when to stop –restless etc.
MOTHERS NEEDS : MOTHERS NEEDS Not expensive – to need for cot/ pram etc
Peace of mind –baby close to be observed
Can be shared with other caregiver.
Mum participating in baby’s care
Simple to travel with if necessary
Mothers get to know pre-feeding behaviour
INSTITUTIONAL NEEDS : INSTITUTIONAL NEEDS Saves incubator costs
Saves staff costs
Saves sick baby costs – less infection problems
Hospitalisation time proved to be reduced.
Saves babies lives.
Can discharge baby at lower weight if successfully KMC’d.