What is KMC ?

KMC is when the skin on your baby’s chest and tummy is in prolonged contact with the skin on your chest.  Baby is placed between the breasts of the parent skin-to-skin (except for diapers.)  ‘Skin-to skin’ means nothing (not even underclothing) between baby and parent.  For privacy parents then wear something such as a loose blouse or shirt on top.  

KMC is usually done for at least 1 hour, but as long as the parent and baby are both enjoying it, let baby stay there for as long as he wants. Baby can go off to sleep, or he might latch on to Mum’s nipple and start feeding. Some parents will wear a pouch or wrap so the baby is safe from falling and they can walk around with the baby in place. If the parent does not want to walk around, KMC can also be done without a pouch. 

When you go for your antenatal check-up, you can ask your doctor if you can start kangaroo care right after the baby is born. 

Daddy and Mommy doing KMC with twins secured with a wrap. Both the baby’s heads are turned to one side.
KMC Pouches

Watch a video overview of KMC for babies and families.

https://youtu.be/ FH4AODeGWY  

Watch how to get started with kangaroo mother care.

https://youtu.be/X0kwlADKRgs   and  https://youtu.be/Ue5iaa8lulM

Improving KMC awareness in Malaysia and the region

KAMY was established in 2017 as a non-profit, non-government organization to promote KMC awareness more widely and efficiently in Malaysia.

In 2022, the Kangaroo Mother Care for Parents in Malaysia (kangaroomothercaremalaysia.net) webpage is created. 

This webpage is intended primarily to provide factual information about the benefits of KMC and how KMC is done.  It also intended to serve as a platform for parents, community and healthcare workers in Malaysia to come together to share their experiences and views about KMC. 

Under the leadership of Dr Socorro Mendoza from the Philippines, this network was formed to support and promote KMC in the Asia-Oceania region. Participants from this network share and keep each other updated on KMC practices.

For all babies and by all family members

KMC is moving away from just being a means of saving preterm babies lives, towards a normal practice for all babies, improving early life experience of all babies. It is also moving towards KMC by the whole family such as mother, father, grandparents and older siblings.

Family centred care

KMC has an important role inthe concept of family centered care where the family is central in the care of the sick newborn baby. It brings opportunity for family to be involved in the care of babies while in the hospital. This has sparked the concept of mother-baby intensive care units whereby the mother becomes the baby’s incubator right from the beginning. This enables the duration of KMC that the baby receives to be very much longer.