Welcome to the Official Website of the 2023 International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day (May 15)

Courtney Stensrud

by Courtney Stensrud
Founder - Hope Faith and Rockstars
My daughter was born at 21 weeks and 4 days weighing 410 grams (14.4oz.)
She was very very sick and was on high oxygen levels with a very minimal amount of contact being given to her because her skin was so fragile to touch.    
When my doctor wrote the orders for me to start Kangaroo Care I was in complete shock.   
Courtney Stensrud
The first picture was the first day I was able to hold her on August 2014 - 6 weeks old
Courtney Stensrud
This picture was her at home (actually at Grandmas house) on April 2015 - 9 months old

I had my routine of coming into the NICU, getting my daily update from the doctors and nurses going to the pumping station and updating all friends and family on her care.  That day was the very first time I got to hold my baby!  

She was 6 weeks old and on a breathing machine called “The Jet”. The Jet pumps tiny breaths at a very high rate to keep the lungs open and it vibrates like crazy.  The Nurse and the Respiratory Therapist helped to move her and placed her on my chest.  They taped her breathing tubes to my gown I was wearing so not to have the tube slip.  

The doctor wrote that I could hold her as long as I wanted but said she may not respond well and need more oxygen.  If that was the case, then for me only to hold her for 30 minutes.  

Well, that day I held her for over 2 hours! Not only did she do great but her need for oxygen actually decreased.  

From that day I held her everyday for a minimum on 1 hour but would hold her for as long as I could.  I had to pump and that was the only reason I couldn’t hold her for any longer than the 2 hours.  

Without Kangaroo Care I know her stay would have been much harder.  Not only did her dependence of oxygen decrease while I was holding her but I felt more like her Mom.  

More like I was actually taking care of her because I was showing her that I Love Her by holding her Skin to Skin.

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