Kangaroula Care

Chris Clark is the United States Director of NINO Birth Academy and a Kangaroula Trainer in collaboration with international researchers Jill Bergman and Dr. Nils Bergman and their NINO Birth Academy

What is NINO Birth?

NINO stands for Neuroscience for Improved Neonatal Outcomes. The NINO Birth Academy, founded by Jill Berman and Dr. Nils Bergman, provides information, education, and training.

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 hours of life. The four basic elements are:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Skin-to-skin contact
  • Support for mother and baby
  • Early discharge

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.

What is a Kangaroula?

A Kangaroula is a birth companion who is trained as both a doula and in kangaroo care. Doula + Kangaroo care = Kangaroula.

Why become a Kangaroula?

Doula care of a mother from labor to birth is the first step in supporting mothers. At birth, a highly formative next step begins that ensures an optimal maternal-child bond. A Kangaroula facilitates this bond. Kangaroula certification levels train for normal births, Cesarean births, and pre-term babies.

Who can become a Kangaroula?

Kangaroulas, like doulas, provide coaching and care to mothers, babies, and families. Warm-heartedness, skills certification, communication skills, and the physical capacity to manage the demands of the profession are needed for those wishing to become a Kangaroula.

What is the process of becoming a Certified Kangaroula?

Certification follows three steps. First, an applicant completes a two day training for registration. Next, with the registration and proof of doula training, an applicant completes the case reports, reading, and an additional two-day course to prepare for the certification exam. Finally, upon successful completion of the exam, a practitioner becomes a Certified Kangaroula.

Advanced level training to become a Certified Pre-term Kangaroula requires additional experience, coursework, and examination.


Return here to find out when Kangaroula Training with Chris Clark and NINO Birth Academy founders Jill Bergman and Dr. Nils Bergman will be offered or contact Chris Clark for Kangaroula training info. 

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

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/kangaroula and http://skintoskincontact.com/what-is-ssc.aspx

 

Kangaroula™ 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 support and the neuroscience behind it, go to http://ninobirth.org/kangaroula and http://skintoskincontact.com/what-is-ssc.aspx

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Madison Birth Collective

Madison, Wisconsin