The miracle of touch

kangaroo time


According to the Daily Mail, a woman in Australia gave birth to premature twins, a boy and a girl. The little girl was struggling but surviving, while the little boy was pronounced dead.

The woman and her husband spent two hours cuddling with their limp, still son.  They told him how much he was loved, all about his sister, and about all the things they’d wanted to experience with him.  After two hours of love and cuddling and skin-to-skin contact with his mother, the little boy began gasping for air and reaching out.

He went from limp and lifeless to gasping and grasping, thanks to skin-to-skin contact with his mother and a little bit of breast milk.  Of course it’s not a cure-all, and tragically there are many premature babies for whom nothing can be done.  This miraculous story, however, presses home an important point.

HUG YOUR BABIES!  Never has a story more accurately expressed the importance of direct contact.  Without the close embrace of his mother, little Jamie might never have made it.  I know my daughter is a lively, blessedly active 15 months old, but this story still makes me want to cuddle up with her for some kangaroo time.

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3 Responses to “The miracle of touch”
  1. Hilary_a says:

    I loved kangaroo care with my preemie. Do you have a link to the article? I’d love to read it. Thanks!

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