17 November 2022

Kangaroo mother care is ensuring premature babies thrive in Iraq

Shaneen was just 26 weeks into her pregnancy when she suddenly went into labour. “I had no hope when the baby was arriving so early,” she remembers.   Despite her worries, she delivered a healthy son, Mateen. “When he was born, he started crying. The doctor told me that he is in good health. This planted hope in my heart.”  Mateen was rushed to an…, How kangaroo mother care can help a baby and caregiver bond,   Mateen is among the babies who are benefiting from kangaroo mother care. It’s a method that helps infants to adapt to life outside the womb. Skin-to-skin contact is a core component. The baby snuggles on the parent's chest, finding a position that is comfortable, often with a blanket wrapped around them, almost like a kangaroo’s protective pouch…, The transition from incubator to going home,   Loujian is another mother who’s thankful for kangaroo mother care. Her daughter Rose was born 12 weeks early. After 45 days on the unit, Loujian was finally able to take her home. Rose is now 6 months old and Loujian has brought her in for a follow up visit.  UNICEF/UN0648620/Njiokiktjien “I left Kobani, in northern Syria, because of the war.…, Meet the healthcare hero running the ward,   Alwand Rafeeq is the head of the neonatal section. She’s incredibly thankful for the work that she’s a part of every day.   “I love my job very much and I feel a great commitment to these children,” she says. “I feel very proud of myself and the staff that make sure these babies leave here in good health.”  UNICEF/UN0648665/Njiokiktjien Alwand…