Kangaroo-a-thon

International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day is held on May 15th and to celebrate we'd love all Australian NICUs and Special Care Units to be involved in our annual Kangaroo-a-thon!

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Kangaroo Throw Down!

Our goal is to encourage all NICU and SCN Units to actively promote Kangaroo Care and log as many hours of kangaroo holding (including modified holding) in a 2 week period. You can host an event across a 2 week duration (15th-29th May). We want to see as many hours of brain developing, neuro-protective, attachment building, and immunity boosting good times.  
Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto Canada found that a kangaroo-a-thon was a fantastic way to break down barriers, unite staff and families with a common goal and witness the transformation of parents, as they were encouraged to cuddle with their infant.

What do you need to do?

We have a tool kit, which we have used to promote, educate and host our kangarooing event. You are welcome to use any or all the tools, the idea is to break down obstacles that may discourage your unit from doing this. We encourage you to;

  • Print and provide each family a parent info letter and cuddle count form so they can log their hours.
  • Print and use freely any of the promotional posters or flyers.
  • Print the free colouring in sheet for kids to enter our colouring in competition with a chance to win a cuddly prize.
  • Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @MiracleBabiesFoundation and encourage families to post comments and photographs #kangarooathon #miraclebabies #kangaroocare #kangaroocuddle #nicu #specialcare #premmie
  • At the end of your kangaroo-a-thon tally and email your total hours.

 

Click HERE to see 2019 participating hospitals.

 

How do you register?

Registering is easy! All you have to do is fill in the online form below.

 

The question is … do you kangaroo?

 

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