Breastfeeding Grand Rounds 2018

Increasing Skin-To-Skin Contact to Improve Perinatal Outcomes and Breastfeeding Success

Originally presented on August 2, 2018

Nils Bergman, MB ChB, DCH, MPH, MD
Kangaroo Care Movement, Co-Founder
International Network of Kangaroo Mother Care, Steering Committee
Public Health Physician & Professor
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Denise Barbier, OTR/L, MOT
United States Institute of Kangaroo Care, President
Co-Author: “Jumping into Kangaroo Care” Toolkit
Pediatric NICU Occupational Therapist

This webcast will include an overview of skin-to-skin contact (Kangaroo Care) for newborn infants, including the strong evidence-base that skin-to-skin contact provides health benefits to infants and mothers and leads to breastfeeding success.  Successful strategies, including prenatal education by WIC providers to increase early use and longer duration of skin-to-skin contact for all mothers, will be discussed.  Examples from New York, other states and abroad will be highlighted.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on skin-to-skin contact (Kangaroo Care) for newborn infants, including the health benefits to infants and mothers that leads to breastfeeding success.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Explain the neurobehavioral and physiological basis for mother-infant skin-to-skin contact for all newborns.
  • List at least three evidence-based health benefits for infants and mothers from skin-to-skin contact.
  • Describe how early skin-to-skin contact facilitates breastfeeding success.
  • Identify successful strategies from New York, other states, and/or countries to increase implementation of early and longer duration of skin-to-skin contact.

Target Audience
Local and state public health professionals, clinicians (physicians, midwives, health care providers, nurses) and lactation specialists.

Federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and the New York State Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits:
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test & Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits. Registered Dietitians see the link above.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until August 31, 2021. 

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 2 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until August 31, 2021.

Certified Health Education Specialists

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 2 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 2. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until August 31, 2021.