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Community-based kangaroo mother care to prevent neonatal and infant mortality: a randomized, controlled cluster trial.

The authors adapted kangaroo mother care for immediate postnatal community-based application in rural Bangladesh, where the incidence of home delivery, low birth weight, and neonatal and infant mortality is high and neonatal intensive care is unavailable. This trial tested whether community-based kangaroo mother care reduces the rates of overall neonatal mortality, infant mortality, and low birth weight neonatal mortality. The extensive missing birth weight and its potential bias render the evidence insufficient to justify implementing community-based kangaroo mother care. Additional experimental research ensuring baseline comparability of mortality, adequate kangaroo mother care implementation, and birth weight assessment is necessary to clarify the effect of community-based kangaroo mother care on survival.

Access the full abstract of this article at Pediatrics (May 2008);121(5):e1047-59.

  • Topic: Infant Health
  • Type: Staff Publication
  • Author: Sloan, N.L., Ahmed, S., Mitra, S.N., Choudhury, N., Chowdhury, M., Ro, U., Winikoff, B.
  • Published: May 2008