"We spent time holding Emily skin-to-skin — Kangaroo Care."
Kangaroo care is the practice of holding your baby on your bare chest (if you're the father) or between your breasts (if you're the mother). In addition to the emotional benefits, this skin-to-skin contact can help maintain your child's body warmth, regulate heart and breathing rates, encourage them to spend more time in deep sleep, and improve breast-feeding.
Books on Kangaroo Care
Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do to Help Your Preterm Infant, by Susan M. Luddington-Hoe and Susan K. Golant (Bantam Books, 1993).
Kangaroo Mother Care, by Bergman (Geddes Productions, 2003)
More information on Kangaroo Care is available at the March of Dimes website.
Some babies, both those born prematurely & full-term, need special help to adjust to their new lives. They need different kinds of care than is normally given. Your doctor asked that your baby be admitted to the Brandon Intensive Care Nursery for this special care.