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Kangaroo Mother Care

Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is a way of caring for premature babies through skin-to-skin contact with their moms. It’s recommended for premature or ill babies because they miss out on critical time in the womb where they would have constantly heard their mother’s soothing heartbeat and been encapsulated in her body’s warmth and safety while getting continuous nourishment and care. Named after kangaroos that carry their babies in their pouches, the method can also be done by fathers, helping them bond with their babies. Huggies® expert, Lynne Bluff, a registered nurse, midwife and childbirth educator sheds some light on this subject.

What is Kangaroo Mother Care?

Kangaroo mother care (or skin-to-skin care), is a simple, easy method of caring for newborn infants where the baby is placed with just a Huggies® nappy (so mom and baby aren’t continually covered in wee and poo), on its mother’s chest – skin to skin with nothing between the two.

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Mrs Ball’s partners with The Great Eastern Food Bar

Mrs Ball’s Chutney recently partnered with some of the country’s hottest and trendiest restaurants to create the Mrs Ball’s “Its What’s Inside Pop-Up Experience”. Each of the chefs at the selected restaurants were challenged to get inspired and create a deliciously tantalising menu using Mrs Ball’s.

Chef Carolina Rasenti, at the Great Eastern Food Bar, took on the challenge and created a menu that was nothing short of an Asian taste sensation. Her Mrs Ball’s inspired menu looked at incorporating Mrs Ball’s into the restaurant’s favourite dishes in a unique and delectable way. 

From the beginning to the end of the experience, guests were floored by the different taste combinations.

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Doctor patient education about umbilical cord blood stem cells is critical

According to Luc Noël, MD of the World Health Organization, transplantation has extended the lifespan of hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide and enhanced their quality of life and has become the standard of care for many patients, and should no longer be restricted to affluent countries or individuals. The curative potential of this therapy will only increase, thanks to the commitment and collaboration of researchers and physicians across the globe.

Haematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) have been performed for more than 50 years and have been used to treat or cure more than 80 potentially life-threatening blood related diseases like leukaemia, lymphoma and bone marrow failures. To date, more than 1 million blood stem cell transplants have been performed, with more than one third using cord blood stem cells.

Cord blood stem cells have been used as a source of stem cells for transplantation for almost 30 years.

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World Prematurity Day

Friday the 17th of November is annual World Prematurity Day. Premature birth is the leading cause of death worldwide in children under the age of five.  Babies born too early are more susceptible to long-term health problems that affect the brain, the lungs, hearing or vision.

In South Africa, 15% of all births, which equates to one in seven babies, are born preterm¹. Globally around 15 million babies (12% of all births) are born preterm and one million die due to complications² and a lack of proper healthcare.

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