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QHC Promotes Kangaroo Care News Release

Belleville, May 6, 2016 – Who would have thought cuddling your baby could get any more rewarding! Quinte Health Care (QHC) is joining more than 40 hospitals around the world in the Kangaroo Challenge promoting Kangaroo Care, otherwise known as holding your baby skin-to-skin. 

In partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation, QHC is inviting new moms and dads who are caring for their babies on the Maternal Child Unit at QHC Belleville General Hospital to spend as much time as possible providing Kangaroo Care. Engaged in a friendly competition with other hospitals, the goal is to try to beat the record of the two winners from last year. New parents of babies in the Special Care Nursery at Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon spent an average of 2.56 hours of holding per baby, per day. Soldiers Memorial in Orillia, Ontario was the top performing Canadian hospital with an average of 2.44 hours of holding per baby, per day. 

“Kangaroo Care provides many benefits for babies and their families such as the promotion of thermo regulation (keeps baby warm), stabilizes breathing and heart rate, promotes brain development, decreases the risk of infection and promotes bonding and attachment between the baby and their loved ones,” said Tracey Giles, Professional Practice Nurse.  

Although the Kangaroo Challenge typically involves new moms and dads of babies who require special care (those who are born premature or have other special requirements), all new parents on QHC’s Maternal Child Unit between May 2 – 15 (including those whose babies are born full-term) are invited to participate in the challenge at QHC.  The total hours spent providing Kangaroo Care will be tallied separately and updated on the QHC website.

Click here for more information on the Kangaroo Challenge at QHC.

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Media contact:

Susanne Anderson – Orychock
Communications Consultant, Quinte Health Care
Phone: 613-969-7400 ext. 2677
Email: sanderson@qhc.on.ca