Neonatal and Maternity Teams are leading the way by launching the very first Kangaroo-A-Thon in Northern Ireland


The Neonatal and Maternity Teams at the South Eastern HSC Trust are always up for taking part in unique and fun challenges and in keeping with that they are launching their very first Kangaroo-A-Thon on 8 May 2018.

The Kangaroo-A-Thon originated in Australia and it encourages neonatal and maternity units to record the total hours babies in their unit receive kangaroo care within a particular 14 day period. The neonatal and maternity teams at the South Eastern HSC Trust are the first in Northern Ireland to take up the challenge!

Kangaroo care is when parents hold their babies on their skin; this promotes bonding, decreases stress and anxiety for both parents and baby, increases milk production for mothers and also increases parent’s confidence in taking care of their little one. Kangaroo Care is known to be extremely important in the growth and development of babies especially in those who were born early.

This challenge encourages staff and parents to work together to not only complete the challenge but to ensure the babies in the units are benefitting from the many health advantages kangaroo care provides. For more information on kangaroo care visit: