Kate Ogg, an Australian mother who gave birth to twins at 27 weeks after 3 hours of labor couldn’t believe her ears when the doctors broke the news that her son, Jamie weighing 2lbs couldn’t make it. At a Sydney hospital, Jamie’s twin sister Emily was fine and healthy at the time of delivery while her brother was resuscitated for twenty minutes to help him spring to life. When he didn’t respond to the treatment, the parents had to be told the dreadful news.
Kate, unable to digest the news that her baby was dead, unwrapped him from his blanket and put him on her chest, against her skin. Kate and David, Jamie’s father talked to him telling him his name and that he had a sister, told him what all thing they would do with him throughout his life, touched him and hugged him for two hours before the little baby gasped for air. But the doctors dismissed it as a reflex action. The baby then gasped for more and more air and she fed Jamie with a bit of breast milk and the miracle touched the zenith. The baby started breathing. A while later, Jamie opened his eyes and moved his head that left the doctors both shocked and happy.
The brave and valiant mother highlighted the importance of skin-on-skin care for sick babies, a trend recently being adopted by many hospitals across the world. It is also known as the Kangaroo Care method adopted from the manner in which kangaroos keep the little ones in their pouch. This technique allows mothers to act as incubators to keep the new born babies warm and alive. This method also decreases the chances of infection and the rate of hypothermia in pre-mature and low weight babies. Skin-on-skin care method improves the sleep pattern of babies and drops down the severity of illness in them.
Kangaroo care approach is a scientific method that restores the baby’s temperature in a faster way than any incubator. For pre-mature babies who are likely to have a low body temperature, this method enables the mother to pass on the heat to the little one. As far as a research published in The Lancet goes, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that ninety percent of the babies who underwent this care revived normal body temperature in four hours as compared to sixty percent babies kept in incubators. This technique doesn’t carry a risk of overheating as well as the excess heat is passed to the mother. Such an approach is also advised for older babies to calm them down as well as enhance their development.