Kangaroo Mother Care Module and Education Toward the Baby Growth and Mother Independency at Home

Sri Rahayu, Runjati Runjati, Ida Ariyanti, Nia Dwi Yuliati, Sri Maisi


Follow up care of Low Birth Weight (LBW) importantly depend on mother after discharge from hospital who is going to look after her baby. It is significant to give mother education and guide us follow up care that determined health status of LBW. Study showed that home based neonatal care can reduce neonatal morbidity up to half. A non-equivalent experimental design with pre and post- test and control group was employed in this study to determine the infant weight and score of mother independency one week and one month after leave hospital. Twenty five mothers who just had delivery a 1,500-to-2,500-grams baby with no congenital abnormalities were recruited by accidental sampling technique both in experimental and control group during April - June 2015 in Ambarawa and Ungaran Hospital. Either control or experimental group received ―Kangaroo‖ clothes that positioned the baby in a pocket at the front side of the mother during breastfeeding, and taught the benefits and how to use the outfits. However, only the respondents in experimental group obtained Kangaroo Mother Care module and education including the introduction of KMC, the benefits of KMC, and breast feeding in 3 days before leave the hospitals. The data suggest the uses of Kangaroo outfit are recommended to support significant growth of infants and score of mother independency after one month leave the hospitals; however, accompanying the outfit with KMC

module and education will be the best option. 

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