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New mum named Logan Hospital’s best kangaroo cuddler

17 June 2017

Teagan Ollard has been named Logan Hospital’s best kangaroo-cuddler, snuggling up to her beautiful baby daughter Athena for 34 hours over two weeks.

Athena was born prematurely at 35 weeks and went home with mum late last month.

Special Care Nursery held the Kangaroo-a-thon in Kangaroo Care Awareness Month in May aimed at raising awareness of the importance of skin-to-skin contact with newborn, and particularly pre-term, babies.

Logan Hospital Lactation Consultant Debbie Olsen said mothers holding their babies skin-to-skin were able to change their own body temperature to keep their babies at the ideal temperature.

Kangaroo Care has been shown to improve quality of sleep and sleep cycles, increase weight gain, accelerate brain maturation in premmie babies and improve mental and motor development.

Last updated 2 August 2017
Last reviewed 2 August 2017

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