By establishing Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) units in urban hospitals in Nairobi and training the hospital midwives in KMC, Save the Children is helping new mothers like Emma – who delivered her baby more than two months early. KMC is the practice of providing skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, exclusive breast-feeding, and early discharge from the hospital, along with continued follow-up care in postnatal visits.
When Emma delivered her first child, she was 38 years old. Emma and her husband were absolutely committed to the KMC experience as the best possible chance for their son, Victor, to start life as a healthy baby.
By strengthening its Early Steps to School Success and Head Start programs in more than 20 counties in 5 states across America, Save the Children is supporting moms like Michaela – a teen mother who, before her son Liam’s birth, was anxious about her baby’s future, as well as her own.
But through Save the Children’s Early Head Start programs in northwestern Arkansas, Michaela is able to give -7-month-old Liam the chance to develop essential early learning and social skills, while affording her the time to further her own education and career aspirations as an early-childhood educator.
The Pathways Team