Jill Durocher

Community-based kangaroo mother care to prevent neonatal and infant mortality

May 30th, 2008
Staff Publication
Infant Health
Winikoff, Beverly, Sloan, N.L., Ahmed, S., Mitra, S.N., Choudhury, N., Chowdhury, M., Ro, U.

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.

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