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Skin to Skin Care: Beyond the NICU

by Caroline F. Conneen, FNP-BC, R.D., IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Perinatal

Out of desperation to improve the morbidity and mortality rates of premature infants in Bogota, Colombia, innovative neonatologists developed the concept of kangaroo care . Since then, it has been modified to skin to skin care in NICU’s across the world. In recent years, the benefits of this care have been demonstrated and extended toward use in the full-term infant. With a fresh perspective, application of principles from infant development, anatomy, and physiology, are integrated to realize advantages of incorporating skin to skin through 12 weeks of age. When done correctly, skin to skin time serves as tummy time, minimizes the incidence and severity of acquired plagiocephaly, and provides a gentle treatment for torticollis. Learn how to engage, educate, and empower new families to succeed with this breastfeeding friendly intervention.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Review the history of kangaroo care in preterm infants and its benefits.

Objective 2: Discuss relevant infant development in the first 12 weeks and how skin to skin helps the full-term infant.

Objective 3: Teach how to hold a baby in skin to skin position safely.

Objective 4: Share ideas to encourage parents to incorporate skin to skin care and positively impact the growth and development of neonates.

Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 15.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks