Kangaroo Mother Care – a review

Authors

  • D. Hall,

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    1. Departments of * Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics, Tygerberg Hospital (including Tygerberg Children’s Hospital), and Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, South Africa
      Prof David R. Hall, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, P.O. Box 19063, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa.
      Tel.: +27 21 938 9059; fax: +27 21 932 2455;
      e-mail: drh@sun.ac.za
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  • G. Kirsten

    1. Departments of * Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics, Tygerberg Hospital (including Tygerberg Children’s Hospital), and Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, South Africa
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Prof David R. Hall, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, P.O. Box 19063, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa.
Tel.: +27 21 938 9059; fax: +27 21 932 2455;
e-mail: drh@sun.ac.za

Abstract

summary Kangaroo Mother Care is a simple and beneficial intervention for the care of low birth weight infants. Although initially conceived for use in developing countries with limited resources, its use has expanded worldwide as clinicians, administrators and parents become familiar with the psychological, physiological, clinical and cost benefits associated with the practice. A recently documented benefit has specific relevance to blood transfusion medicine.

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