2022 Kangaroo Care Day (May 15) Celebrations

We asked clinicians around the world in May 2022, and this are some of their responses -

Share with us what you are doing to celebrate Kangaroo Care Day this year - click here

 

Country

How are you celebrating Kangaroo Care Day (May 15)? Please specify if we can share this info in the www.kangaroo.care website and how to write your name/organization.

New Zealand

we will be encouraging all parents to have long K-ray cuddles this day and everyday

USA

We are having a kangaroo-a-thon which will end on that day. We will have a raffle with a gift basket giveaway on the 15th.

USA

We will celebrate our team who make skin to skin care and Kangaroo Care possible each and every day!

USA

We are holding a Kangaroo-A-Thon for all parents with a baby in our NICU.

USA

With lots of stuff

USA

Staff that assist with initiating KC place name in raffle. Standing and sitting transfer lab/workshop for staff training.

USA

we hope to celebrate our first ever Kangaroo Day with every baby able to be held skin-to-skin doing so in the same day!

USA

Not sure yet! Looking for inspiration

Usa

By letting patents know how important skin to skin is

USA

Wrapping up a 1 week celebration (hopefully - perhaps don't share since I'm not 100% positive we'll be doing this)

New Zealand

Kia ora -It’s our first timer ever doing kangaroo-a-thin. So we have decided that we are going to tally the cuddles the whole month to see how many we get. Each parent  gets a weekly cuddle care to record their cuddles. Then  weekly we tally the whole units….. katahi the end of May we see as a unit how many we have done!

USA

We are doing a kangaroo-a-thon!!

USA

We are having a Kangaroo-a- thon in our NICU, Education for staff and parents, raffles send gift baskets for both staff and families, pictures with families participating in Kangaroo care, and a surprise guest- a Kangaroo for staff/ families to take pics with throughout the week. Fun facts about Kangaroo Care to be announced during safety briefings that week!

USA

This year we are celebrating Kangaroo Care Day by hosting a Kangaroo-A-Thon from May 1-15. We are hoping to reach our unit goal of 150 hours of skin to skin time. We are doing a friendly competition with 2 other local hospitals to see who can get the most hours. We are also celebrating by making scrapbook pages for each of the families with pictures of them skin to skin, decorating kangaroo sugar cookies, giveaways, treat bags for parents while kangarooing, and lots of decorations on the unit.

USA

May 16-29 hosting 2 skins skin classes and kangaroo-a-thon

USA

Our unit has decorated communication boards located at our units entrance.  We have displayed the QRS link for The Zaky app, benefits information in both English and Spanish.  We have our count down  to Kangaroo Care Day displayed where the parents enter and scrub in so it is easy to see and keep track of.  We have purchased out Hershey kiss stickers and are communicating this special day with the parents as we round within the unit. A. Diaz, RN Baptist Hospital

USA

We are planning a party, raffle and lots of decorations with education.  I am not sure about being able to share this info on your website.  I am sure there is someone at work that I must speak with first.

USA

In the Covenant Healthcare Neonatal Unit we celebrate all month long with Kangaroo-a-thon with drawings for families who participate. We crown a prince and princess by calculating the frequency of skin to skin sessions. Provide educational information to families and staff members. Treats are provided and word puzzles are given for fun.

USA

We are hosting a kangaroo-a-thon in our NICU hosted by our developmental team.   Would prefer to stay anonymous, thank you!

USA

We plan to kick off a week long friendly “competition” to get all our Moms providing as much Kangaroo Care as they can during the week, and ideally continue throughout their babies’ stay.

USA

We will be having a kangaroo-a-thin on my unit, so a big part of my job during this time (and always!) is to facilitate skin-to-skin transfers with parents. It’s amazing to see their confidence increase when kangarooing, even with our smallest and most fragile of babies.

USA

We are celebrating starting May 9-15. Games, gifts, articles, videos, pictures and more

USA

Kangaroo Care incentives for staff who encourage/facilitate skin to skin interactions throughout the month of May.

USA

We are hosting a week-long Kangaroo-A-Thon to promote kangaroo care.

USA

We will run a kangaroo-a-thon with incentive prizes throughout first 2 weeks in May

US

Organizing vendors and sponsors to provide goodies to parents, taking photos of infants with kangaroo care onesies and framing them for parents’ memories, friendly staff and parent competitions.

New Zealand

The Omicron pandemic is quite active in Christchurch at the moment, So not quite sure. Thinking creatively

USA

We are celebrating Kangaroo Care Day this year by stocking our unit with Zaky Wraps for Kangaroo Care! Going forward, all families will have the opportunity to use a wrap during skin to skin. Yes you can include on the website with UPH-Meriter name.

UK

We will be holding a kangaroo-a-thon on the unit and raising awareness of the importance of skin to skin

Norway

We are celebrating the Kangaroo Care Day with cake and balloons for families in our NICU. We will have a gathering where all the parents are invited to participate. The event will consist of a theoretical lecture about the benefits of skin-to-skin contact and why it is important to carry the preterm infant in a kangaroo shawl.

USA

We started in April doing a high-fidelity simulation with nursing staff and respiratory therapists. May 1st we will begin our Kangaroo-a-thon with participation gifts given though out the two weeks and prizes for families and staff given on May 15th.  Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Brenner Children’s Hospital

Ireland

Information campaign coffee morning gifts to parents and staff

USA

Kangaroo-a-thon

USA

I would like to help caregivers and babies do kangaroo care on this day for as long as they want! I will do kangaroo care with my own son on this day. I will promote its benefits to all I encounter throughout the month of May.

UK

We are planning to celebrate by aiming for every baby on the unit to have kangaroo care care on that day. We will ask parental permission for photographs

USA

We do a Kangaroo-a-thon every year -- moms and nurses have the chance to win a donated gift basket of goodies and baby care items. Every mom that can kangaroo puts their baby's name on a cut out kangaroo & we decorate our front desk with them.  We keep up with the minutes and announce who kangaroo'd the most minutes in May!

Israel

I coordinate a national forum in Israel of Nurse Lactation Consultants from NICUs around the country.Since 2018 we have been organizing Kangaroo-a-thons in all our NICUs  to celebrate Kangaroo Care day. In 2018/9 we participated in the international Kangaroo-a-thon organized by Luisa King from Toronto.Since Covid we have organized National Kagaroo-a-thons each year.Last year 13 NICUs participated. You may publicize this.

USA

We are getting baby onesies for all babies with our KC logo on onesies. Extra education for parents & staff. Maybe more for families if we get additional funding. Cupcakes for nurses and recognition & hospital incentive points when they are "caught by colleague" helping family KC.

Usa

Gifts for families with a message about importance of skin to skin care - kangaroo charm for their journey jewels necklace, card about kangaroos, cuddle cover (breast feeding cover) to use during S2S.

USA

We are hosting a Kangaroo-a-thon from Mother's Day to Father's Day where we encourage and reward skin to skin care every single day with little tokens of appreciation for the parents completing skin to skin with their babies.  Amanda Lovercheck, Methodist Women's Hospital Omaha, NE

USA

I consult with therapists in NICU and will continue to do so for May 15.

USA

In our NICU for the past 10+ years we have had a huge Kangaroo Care-a-thon. Parents log KC time and are entered into raffle drawings. We have an adult size Kangaroo costume and walk about the NICU interacting with families. Staff can purchase t-shirts promoting KC care and are allowed to wear as part of our uniforms for this week. The week is a huge success, luncheons are held for the families and staff. This competition of KC hours extends thru the NICUs across the entire healthcare system.

USA

We are displaying education on the unit about the benefits of kangaroo care. please do not share

Canada

2 weeks of Kangaroo Care beginning May 15.  Prizes.  Our Section Head wears his kangaroo costume and visits families.  "Caught you promoting kangaroo care" prizes for staff.

USA

Mandela kangaroo coloring for siblings and parents.Cincinnati themed basket giveaway raffle for parents. Girl Scout cookies for parents - looking for kangaroo sticker to affix to baggies.

USA

We annually do a Kangaroo-a-thon week around Kangaroo Care Day. We advocate for parents to kangaroo their babies and parents and staff receive raffle tickets for each session of Kangaroo care. There are gift basket drawings at the end of the week. Advent Health for Children NICU

USA

Increasing awareness of benefits. Hanging signs. Using kangaroo care kits.

USA

We encourage as much skin to skin as possible. Highlight the day for the organizations. Have previously held a month long competition for nurses for most time of KCC for their patients.

USA

We are hosting an educational event with the public and our nursing staff (e.g., posters, handouts). I am also doing a poster to provide education on the psychological aspects of parental and infant bonding in NICU.

USA

Kangaroo-a-thon

Canada

Kangaroo challenge

US

We are going to paint our patient windows with kangaroos and pass out cards to our parents about the benefits of Kangaroo Care!

USA

Our hospital is part of the FPQC Paired Initiative in the state of Florida. This initiative supports early STS with eligible infants in the NICU. It encourages parents to be part of infants care and communication with their infants health care providers. For celebrating kangaroo care day, One of the staff(that would be) dresses in a kangaroo suit and we have ordered Kangaroo cookies for staff and patients on our OB unit. We will also have gifts for a drawing for the parents that do the most STS

USA

Kangaroo a thon

USA

Giving out stuffed kangaroos and handouts each day in the bedside “pouch”.  Stickers for everyone that say “How do you kangaroo?” Portneuf Medical Center

Finland

We are launching a guided video for parents about kangaroo care.

Uk

Promoting it to all staff and parents. Produce posters and leaflets. Photos to be taken.

USA

As a neonatal OT, a large part of my role is facilitating safe skin-to-skin transfers of even our most fragile babies and educating families on the many amazing benefits of KC!

USA

We will be raising awareness by making available  info/fact sheets about KC to our families in the NICU as well as have a poster available for families and staff at the entrance of our NICU. Yes you can share info on your website with the name of the organization listed already.

England UK

The neonatal unit at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust will start celebrating from 1st May. I will have posters and boarder with educational articles explaining what it is and why. Will encourage parents to share photos with us and on our Facebook site and Twitter. I will ask our communications department to share photos and stories.I am hoping to share our information with the “slings library” in Coventry to keep it going at home.

USA

Educating and Celebrating group of women at a SUD residential facility.

USA

lunch being provided to staff and families, each family will get a bag dedicated to skin to skin, kangaroo-a-thon

USA

On Kangaroo Care Day we will be celebrating with our staff to promote parent-infant attachment and bonding.  We will be giving each NICU parent a Kangaroo book to read at the bedside.  We will also be raffling off a Kangaroo basket with newborn essentials, a stuffed kangaroo, and a sleep sac for use when the baby is discharged.  Each staff member is decorating kangaroo to decorate the hallway to the NICU. A 4 foot stuffed kangaroo will be placed at the entrance of the unit.

USA

We have information throughout unit with posters and places for parents to take pictures of themselves with infant during KC time. We have tickets to place in basket with amount of time during KC and have contest. We have unit basket raffle for staff also. An ice-cream day for first day and cookies on last day.

USA

We have a group that is planning our festivities

USA

We hold a 2 week Kangaroo a thon with prizes for both staff and babies/parents.  We hold a potluck on May 15th to kick it off.  Through out the time we have trivia questions, scrape book pages for parents to track their time and staff/Dr’s dressed as kangaroos.  Kangaroo cookies and activities happen over the 2 weeks.

USA

We will be having a kangaroo a thon with our families and a small competition with our team members to get moms and dads holding babies! Do not share our information please. We even have someone dressing up as a kangaroo! :)

Scotland

We will be decorating the neonatal unit with balloons and posters. We will be raising awareness of the importance of skin to skin and rolling out out parent transfer video.

Saudi Arabia

We are planning to. Do small ceremonies in said the nicu we will invite the family’s and owner the mother with most kangaroo hours

England

Nottingham University Hospitals Neonatal Unit, We are celebrating with our staff in a giant kangaroo suit, kangaroo colouring and kangaroo quiz!

USA

Kangaroo a thon

UK

Coffee mornings, poster displays of why skin to-skin is important. Educational, sessions. Involving the community too

USA

I will be hosting a small information session inside my office, Ebb & Flow Lactation Services. I will be providing information and providing a small, informal talk about Kangaroo Mother Care, located inside the "the Nest", 217 Columbus Rd, Suite 103, Athens, OH 45701. Contact Julie Gladney, BS, LPN, IBCLC julie@ebbflowlactation.com for more information or go https://ebbflowlactation.com

USA

Hosting a kangaroo-a-thon

UK

Having skin-to-skin Champions training and supporting parents and staff to promote skin -o-skin. Celebrating with reward/ gifts/ certificates for both parents and staff, including bitesize teaching on developmental care

UK

Displays relating to information for parents

Brasil

Local action with professionals and family members.

USA

We have not decided yet

USA

Would love these cards to further promote it with our families


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