The benefits of Kangaroo Care or Skin to Skin are immeasurable. This presentation will look at the benefits to the infant, the mother and the mother/infant dyad as well as benefits to the father and the parental experience overall. It will also discuss barriers to its implementation, strategies to promote a safe environment during skin to skin holding and finally processes to put in place for successful and safe implementation.
1. List three clinical or physiologic benefits for performing skin to skin care with premature infants.
2. Describe three steps to prepare prior to performing skin to skin that optimize the experience for the parent and their premature infant.
3. State two long-term effects for skin to skin care to the developing infant. 4. Discuss two psychosocial impacts of skin to skin on the parental experience.
Total CE 1.7
NCC Code NNP 3 or 7
NCC Code NIC 1 or 7
NCC Code LRN 2 or 7
Rx = 0
*This presentation was included in the Small Baby Care Specialist® Program
Last updated: October, 2021
Karin Mitchell, MA, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLE is a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in the care and treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing, developmental care of the medically fragile infant and child, and pediatric traumatic brain injury. Liz Drake, MN, NNP, CNS, RNC-NIC is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and a quality improvement enthusiast. Both Karin and Liz have a passion for neuro-protective, neuro-promotional, and family partnered care. They are active change agents in the NICU and strongly support an interdisciplinary team-based approach to care.