News Excerpt
Recent studies have shown that ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ helps inimproving the survival rate of stable low-birthweight new-borns in comparison with standard hospital care. Recent studied showed that KMC in India has helped in improving survival by 30% and 25%, in babies till 28 days and six months of age, respectively.

About Kangaroo Mother Care (A Method of care of Preterm Infants)
•    Kangaroo mother care (KMC) or the intervention where babies are placed in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers and exclusively breastfed.
•    Stable babies are defined as babies who do not need respiratory support or intravenous fluids and can accept oral feeds.

Need for KMC in India
    Out of 97% of the world’s low-weight babies are born in developing countries, India accounts for 40%.
    The infant mortality rate in India was at about 30 deaths per 1,000 live births.
    World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that it should be continued till baby attains a weight of 2.5 kg or till babies do not require kangaroo mother care anymore.

Significance of KMC in India
    It could substantially reduce neonatal and infant mortality especially when 90% coverage is achieved.
    It will help in improving the breastfeeding and reduction of infections.
    It will also promote the growth and development of the child and increase mother-child bonding.
    It will also reduce stress in both mother and baby.
    In India, where access to critical medical services required by pregnant and lactating mother is quite difficult, KMC might come as an easy solution.

Pradhan Mantri MatruVandana Yojana, Perinatal Mortality, Postneonatal Mortality,  Navjaat Shishu Suraksha Karyakram,  Home Based New Born Care, ASHA, Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, MAA