Omaha, NE (March 28, 2016) - As much as parents and those in travel nurse jobs would like it to be true, stress-free births are not always possible. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, shares information on kangaroo mother care.
Many babies are born prematurely and with low birth weight, which elevates the risk for infection, breathing difficulties, gastrointestinal issues and neurologic problems, according to Boston Children's Hospital. All of these symptoms contribute to a compromised well-being, potentially putting the babies' lives in jeopardy.
While many neonatal nurses encourage soon-to-be-moms to use preventative measures to mitigate these risks, like eating well during pregnancy and avoiding unhealthy habits, sometimes low birth weight can't be avoided. As such, health experts constantly analyze methods for this type of pediatric care post-birth. Recent research suggests that professionals working in travel nursing jobs may benefit from incorporating kangaroo mother care into post-birth care plans.
What is kangaroo mother care?
According to the World Health Organization, kangaroo mother care (KMC) is often utilized for pre-term infants and focuses on skin-to-skin contact between the mom and baby. Travel nurses can initiate this strategy in the hospital, encouraging mothers to exclusively breastfeed and continuously hold the infant. New parents can then use this method at home.
Good for baby
KMC carries benefits for all babies, pre-term or full-term. However, it has unique advantages for babies with low birth weight, as these little ones are at a greater risk for infant morbidity and require more intensive care. As the WHO explained, research has demonstrated that the efficacy of KMC is equivalent to conventional care like incubators, facilitates better bonding between the baby and mother, and brings advantages for severe morbidity through its emphasis on breastfeeding.
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About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.