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Everyone hopes their pregnancy will be uncomplicated and free from emergency. Few people consider the possibility that their baby could be born many weeks before the due date and need to be given special care for the first few days, weeks or months after birth. However, the reality is that around 15% of  babies are born sick or premature each year in the SA. What to expectIf you are shocked when you walk into the neonatal unit, you are not alone. It is very likely to be different from almost any other place you have been, and you may have just experienced one of the most traumatic episodes of your...

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Q:Hi, I have twin girls aged 20 months. To date they are still not sleeping through the night, they wake at least two times for milk (they are bottle fed).They seem to eat well during the day, they have small portions throughout the day.Is this ok? How do I get them to sleep through the night? Thanks for the wonderful & helpful tips and advice. Regards,Shakera A:Dear Shakera, Thanks for your email.  Your little girls do not need to drink milk during the night at this age - this is simply a habit now!  By offering them milk you have created an expectation that they expect to be filled...

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Q: I have read your book and found it very interesting. However some of the points don't apply to me as I have triplets. They are now 9 months old, but were born at 29 weeks and were hospitalized for a fairly lengthy time. I have them sleeping in the same room and myself and a nanny sleep with them. My nights however are still a nightmare and we are all extremely exhausted. They wake at various times during the night for bottles and although I have tried to give them water when they wake they perform so much that I eventually give in and give them a milk bottle as I don't want them to wake the other...

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Welma Lubbe, nursing sister specialised in Neonatal ICU care introduces us to the best sensory way to care for a premature baby. Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) reminds us of how marsupials or kangaroos take care of their young. The infant kangaroo is always born prematurely. When the little kangaroo is born, it crawls into the maternal pouch where it receives warmth, safety and food, until maturation. Similar to the kangaroo mother, the human mother provides a safe, warm environment and frequent feeding opportunities for her premature baby, when she cares for her using the KMC method. This can be seen as...

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There is no better incubator and home for a fetus to develop than within his/her mommy’s tummy. But sadly for some babies who are born too early, technology needs to play a role in keeping a baby warm and creating a space to continue developing. Even full term babies born by caesarean section are placed in incubators to warm them up. But this foreign world is so far from the comforting sensory world of the womb. This month Welma Lubbe, Clinical Nurse specialist and founder of Little Steps, tells us a little about kangaroo mother care (KMC) as a wonderful sensory alternative to care for medically...

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