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What is skin-to-skin care for babies in the NICU?

Skin-to-skin care in the NICU means holding your baby closely, with your bare skin touching. This is sometimes called kangaroo care. As soon as your baby’s nurse tells you your baby is ready, you can start to do skin-to-skin care. It’s a wonderful way to be close, and recent studies have shown that skin-to-skin care has important health benefits. Both parents can give skin-to-skin care.

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