Chris Clark is now a certified KangaroulaSM care provider for the Greater Twin Cities area following on her training with international researchers Jill Bergman and Dr. Nils Bergman.
What is KangaroulaSM care?
KangaroulaSM services provide birth companion care of the mother during labor and delivery, and care of the newborn in the critical first 1000 minutes of life. Chris’s specialty extends to mothers of pre-term babies and the very tender needs of the pre-term infant by providing emotional and practical support to parents and staff.
KangaroulaSM care supports the mother with:
- · Emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor, and delivery
- · Individualized care based on circumstance and preferences that encompasses non-clinical aspects of pregnancy, delivery, and birth
· Consistent reassurance, comfort, encouragement, and respect
KangaroulaSM care supports the baby in the critical first hours of life. It:
- Facilitates immediate skin-to-skin contact to help the baby quickly stabilize both physically and emotionally
- Keeps the mother and baby together to minimize separation anxiety for them both
- Creates a quiet calm birth environment to reduce stress
- Speaks for the baby by explaining the natural biology of birth for the mom
- Helps the baby to latch and feed in the early minutes of life
- Encourages and informs mothers about early breastfeeding
- Encourages the dad to hold his baby skin-to-skin and take time to bond
- Supports both mother and baby to have time and a safe space to bond leading to attachment and a future healthy relationship
- Informs parents of the best options from the baby’s perspective
KangaroulaSM care enhances outcomes for preterm babies and:
- · Encourages parents to do skin-to-skin contact as much as possible.
- · Assists and trains a mother to express breast milk and breastfeed her tiny baby as early as possible
- · Aids parents and staff in the NICU with developmental care to minimize baby’s stress
- · Counsels parents with possible emotions struggles following their baby’s premature birth
- · Supports NICU staff with evidence-based practices
For more on Kangaroula SM support and the neuroscience behind it, go to http://ninobirth.org/kangaroulaand http://skintoskincontact.com/what-is-ssc.aspx
Chris supported me through the pregnancy, labor and delivery of our second child; and our beautiful baby boy born at 36-weeks. Her knowledge of skin-to-skin care and its importance for baby and mom helped ground us, reduce stress, and foster a well-bonded relationship. Noam has grown into a peaceful child, at ease in the world. I’m certain the support we had from Chris and her understanding of a baby’s momentous journey from womb to the world made all the difference. Emily