On Wednesday, November 15, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) announced a $500,000 investment in Kangaroo Mother Care in BC. This special skin-to-skin attachment program has proven long-term benefits to families by reducing anxiety, stress and the risk of depression in both mother and child.
The funds cover the cost of launching the program throughout BC, including development of training and educational materials for nurses and parents. It will also help to provide wraps that support skin-to-skin contact, known as kangaroo mother baby wraps.
This shift in the model of care – to including parents as partners – is what has proven BC Women’s NICU to be a world leader. And Michelle Peltier experienced this first-hand, when her daughter Olive was born premature and stayed at BC Women’s NICU.
Photo credit: the Province of British Columbia.
When Michelle spoke at the announcement, she shared how learning how to safely practice skin-to-skin was what helped her cope and build confidence to care for her tiny newborn.
“Skin-to-skin took my pain away. It changed everything. It taught me watch my baby, rather than the monitors” – Michelle Peltier, former patient mother at BC Women’s NICU.
Michelle’s family is just one example of so many that will benefit from Kangaroo Care with this new investment. BC Women’s is incredibly excited to see this model of care extended across the province– a move that will empower families beyond hospital walls and ensure all babies in BC get the very best start in life.
Pictured here (L-R): Michelle Peltier, patient family; Maryam Kiarash, Perinatal Clinical Educator; Megan Bolton,
Senior Practice Leader; Cheryl Davies, Chief Operating Officer, BC Women’s; Susan Wannamaker, President, BC Children’s and Women’s Health; Genesa Greening, President + CEO, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Care Centre Foundation; Hon. Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development; Gina Chung and son Forrest; Carl Roy, President & CEO, PHSA; Dr. Horacio Osiovich, Head, Neonatology and member of BC Women’s Medical Leadership; Dr. Tamil Kendall, Interim Provincial Executive Director, Perinatal Services BC; Dr. Lori Brotto, Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute.