Kangaroo care, or skin-to-skin, is a way of cuddling and holding your baby close so that they feel the warmth of your skin and can hear your heartbeat. By holding your baby next to your skin, on your chest, with no other materials between you, your baby will feel secure, warm and close to you. This has been shown to have benefits such as lowering blood pressure and increasing oxygen saturation.

It also helps parents develop a bond with their baby, and for mothers, initiates and continues their breast milk supply, which is very important when you have been separated when time is spent in the neonatal unit. Even very sick or premature babies benefit from kangaroo care, so do not be afraid to ask your nurse about it. Both men and women equally can do kangaroo care.