Essential Newborn Nursing

Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)

One third of all neonates born in India are low birth weight (LBW), which is associated with increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is an inexpensive, simple and effective method of improving outcomes of LBW neonates especially in resource poor settings. However, KMC is new to this country and the expertise is limited to only a few institutions and a handful of nurses and pediatricians. Realizing the urgent need a Net work of five institutions in India was created to catalyse promotion of kangaroo mother care in India through dissemination of information and skills.

The specific objectives of the KMC Network are to:

Disseminate resource material on KMC (adapted to Indian conditions) among mothers and healthcare providers
Disseminate counseling and clinical skills in KMC among nurses and physicians by conducting skills-based workshops in the country
Catalyze operationalization of KMC practice at selected institutions by on-site training of health personnel
Coordinate in-service training of nurses and physicians at the network of KMC demonstration centres in the country
Launch an India KMC Website to disseminate information on KMC to mothers and families, health professionals, and other stake-holders.

Resource material on KMC


Copyright: This teaching material is meant to disseminate knowledge and skills of KMC. The material can be freely downloaded and used for this purpose with due acknowledgement

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