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Laerdal Global Health commented on Enhanced Kangaroo Mother Care

Dear Rahul,

Thumbs up for the needs you identified of mothers practicing kangaroo mother care in the facility and home settings. Throughout the past two years, our product development team has been working on solutions aiming to prevent hypothermia and we can easily relate to the challenges you have touched.

For example we learned that some mothers improvise a sand bag to stay in the inclined position, so I can see a great potential in the cardboard seat and swing hut. If you move forward with the swing hut, I suggest you to make it possible for the mother to lean back. I also like the privacy element as in some cultures even expressing breast milk or feeding from the breast require the mother to stay in a private environment.

For the growth indicator blanket or jacket, I like that the concepts allow families to understand and monitor the health of their babies. Note that this also brings along a responsibility on what action to take if the baby is not doing well. Are you planning to incorporate this in the concept?

We had the pleasure to meet Jane Chen from Embrace at the KMC conference in Rwanda and share similar issues and ideas with her. The KMC pocket carrier is very much aligned with the CarePlus wrap we developed to provide continuous Kangaroo Mother Care for preterm and low-weight babies. During the design process, we faced the similar challenges of carrying different size babies on different size parents, as well as tightening the wrap and supporting the neck of the babies. You can check out the CarePlus project and talk with our design team based in India to share knowledge.

It is fantastic to see the different concepts for enhancing KMC, please reach out if we can contribute.