With much planning and preparation, over 75 hospitals around the world are participating in the Kangaroo Challenge 2016! Congratulations to the hospitals who have been able to come on board this year to raise awareness about the benefits of kangaroo care – also referred to as skin-to-skin, and to the parents and caregivers who will be participating in an ongoing kangaroo care tally for the next two weeks!
Last year, during the first official Kangaroo Challenge launched by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon achieved an amazing 2.56 hours of holding per baby per day. Soldiers Memorial in Orillia, Ontario also did an incredible job and was the top performing Canadian hospital with 2.44 hours of holding per baby per day.
So, can your hospital top these amazing scores? Time will tell!
For those who are not currently in a hospital with their preemie or child in a NICU or nursery, perhaps you’d like to join in on the fun, but you’re not sure how.
Well, here’s how:
Canadian Premature Babies Foundation has launched a fun Twibbon campaign for you to save a Kangaroo Challenge Twitter and Facebook Profile photo to your accounts and help spread the word to your friends and family. You can find the instructions here.
We would also love to see you and your child carrying out kangaroo care, whether by sharing an older photo from your time in the hospital, a photo of you and your child at home, or a current one in the hospital. You can post your images here and here.
All those who submit a kangaroo care photo will go into a random draw for a cute, customizable kangaroo mama and her joey. Watch your private messages box on your Facebook account over the coming weeks – we’ll reach out to the winner this way.
So get started on your Kangaroo Challenge goal – whether in the hospital or not – and don’t forget to share with us!