Until recently, modern technology in Neonatal Intensive Care separated mothers and fathers
from their babies, believing babies to be too fragile and unstable to touch, never mind hold.
Things are changing! The latest research shows that it is separation from mother that
makes babies in incubators frightened and so unstable. When held in skin-to-skin contact,
even the smallest baby will feel safe, and she will stabilize. As development is incomplete, all
other modern technology is added as needed. This is a workbook on skin-to-skin contact
(kangaroo care) for parents of premature babies. It describes in everyday language the
key concepts from recent neuroscience and newborn care. Jill talks parents through their
emotional turmoil, on to practical things to do, empowering them to become central to the
team for their baby’s care.