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Keywords

Adoption, Infant, Premature, Kangaroo care, Skin-to-skin contact, Ventilator, Mechanical

 

Authors

  1. Parker, Leslie MSN, RNC, NNP
  2. Anderson, Gene Cranston PhD, RN, FAAN

ABSTRACT

In this case study kangaroo care (KC) was facilitated for an adoptive mother and father who were planning to attend the birth of the infant they had arranged to adopt. Unexpectedly, the birth mother delivered at 27 weeks gestation. The infant was critically ill and required mechanical ventilation. However, in this neonatal intensive care unit where all adoptive parents and parents of mechanically ventilated infants are offered KC, these adoptive parents began KC on Day 3 while their infant daughter was still mechanically ventilated. She thrived thereafter and the entire experience was profoundly beneficial for this beginning family both at the hospital and after discharge home.