TSH Hosts First Kangaroo-A-Thon!
The Scarborough Hospital (TSH), in partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation, is proud to be hosting the first Kangaroo-A-Thon between May 2 and May 15 in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs).
Despite the name, this challenge does not involve any marsupials from the land down under. It’s named for the practice of kangaroo care – skin-to-skin holding of small babies with their parents. Kangaroo care is known to be extremely important in the growth and development of babies, particularly pre-term babies, and is equally crucial for the health and well-being of the parents.
How do parents Kangaroo-A-Thon?
Beginning May 2, each time a parent in the NICU holds their baby, they will receive a ballot to log their kangarooing time, as well as a kangaroo sticker for their baby’s crib or isolette base. Total kangarooing hours at both campuses will be recorded and shared on Kangaroo Care Awareness Day on May 15.
The top Canadian hospital time to beat from 2015 is 2.44 hours holding per baby per day by Soldiers Memorial in Orillia, Ontario.
Join the conversation!
Parents can join TSH’s Kangaroo-A-Thon conversation on Twitter and share their experience kangarooing with their baby using @ScarboroughHosp and #TSHBringsLife, and #kangaroocare, as well as #nicu or #preemie.