NICU nurses encourage parents to hold babies

Phoebe Putney will have another Kangaroo-A-Thon in May.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

Phoebe Putney created a campaign this month that encourages skin-to-skin contact between moms and newborn babies.

From December 1st until the 24th, Kangaroo-A-Thon encouraged new moms to enjoy direct contact with their babies to create bonding effects.

According to Phoebe NICU Nurse Mallorie Albright, the practice is important for all babies but especially for babies in the NICU.

Once the NICU babies were well enough, moms were encouraged to try out the new exercise.

Albright says skin to skin contact can have many positive health benefits.

"Skin to skin is very important for even well babies but it's even more important for premature babies. As soon as baby is stable, it can help stabilize baby's vital signs, it helps with mom and baby bonding, it has been proven to help with brain development later in life so it has lots of good benefits," said Albright.

Albright says one hour of skin-to-skin contact is best.

Phoebe Putney plans to do another Kangaroo-A-Thon in May.

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