During the actual labour, nurses and midwives are usually in constant attendance, as this is seen as a high risk time. The same applies for the first hour after birth, but during this time the nurses also have a great deal of practical work to do, and even more paper work to complete, and the focus on the mother and the newborn baby gets reduced to medical and nursing observations. Father might be there ... but what does he know ?
And yet ... this is the most important time of all for the baby. This is the golden hour when the baby wants to do it self-attachment, and make it first eye to eye contact with mother that leads to bonding. This is the time it identifies the breast and wires its brain to that breast for optimal, easy and trouble free breastfeeding. This is a fragile time ... because these early behaviours can easily be disturbed.
And so the Kangaroula is there to make sure that this disturbance is minimised as far as possible, while also making sure that mother and baby are fine, assisting the nurses with all the things they have to do, while avoiding separation and disturbing baby.
Our experience is that mothers who have the first two hours protected and supported in this way are profoundly empowered thereafter. There is an enhanced quality to the attachment, as mothers learn to understand their own baby's communications and needs that much earlier. The baby gets into a content mode, that makes the whole future of being a parent that much easier, and enjoyable.
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