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International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day recognizes bond between parent, child

May 15 is International Kangaroo Care Day.

This month, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s Neonatal units in St. Paul and Minneapolis are celebrating the importance of Kangaroo Care, a technique where an infant is held skin to skin with mom or dad.

Kangaroo Care promotes bonding, provides comfort for the baby and parent and has potential to improve a baby’s medical condition. In honor of International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day, a mother shares her experience holding her newborn son skin to skin.