Imagine if you will a vulnerable premature infant just delivered in an American hospital. The tiny baby is immediately separated from its parents and placed in an incubator where it will be isolated from all forms of nurturing human contact for weeks and months at the most important time of its life. This child will be kept in a brightly lit environment where it can only hear, see, smell, and touch the terrifying and sterile sights and sounds of an alien technocratic world. It will never see sunlight. Never feel the breeze on its skin. Never smell the scent of a flower or tree. Never hear the sound of an ocean or stream while it is trapped in the NICU. This same child will be repeatedly placed on paralysis drugs so that painful and torturous procedures (including surgery) can be performed on the child without the child having the ability to move or cry. No anesthesia will be given during these procedures, some of which are done every day, several times a day (e.g., lancing the heel) and most of which have absolutely no benefit whatsoever and only cause harm (e.g., circumcision). American medical "professionals" are so sadistic, they may even go so far as to repeatedly retract the foreskin of an intact baby (i.e., ripping the foreskin away from the glans of the penis to which it is adhered) and even threaten parents who try to stop them.
This is the reality for one out of every ten babies in the United States today and sickeningly, the article below tries to imply that this type of treatment is somehow beneficial and "advanced." However, as we read deeper into the article, we discover that the author is forced to concede that in places like South Africa, where kangaroo mother care is the norm, infant mortality is reduced by 36% and major infections in very small children are reduced by 47%. These infants are less stressed, digestive food better, breastfeed successfully, and thrive.
For those who do not know what kangaroo mother care is - it involves placing the vulnerable infant skin-to-skin with it's mother or father 24/7 and performing any necessary procedures on the baby while the baby is lying with someone that loves him/her. This kind of care also helps the parents as it enables the family to bond with their child and bring comfort to the little one during its time of suffering.
Could it be that HUMAN LOVE IS ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE and that everything about the American medical system is the antithesis of love? Could this be why the US has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world?
You betcha! And that is why today's medical system is about to come crashing to the ground.
Post-birth skin-to-skin contact reduces up to 36% infant deaths
A new research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital says that skin-to-skin contact may reduce deaths for infants with low birth weight. Low birth weight infants are particularly vulnerable during their first month of life so the researchers encourage skin-to-skin contact, also known as kangaroo mother care (KMC), especially in developing countries where conventional treatments are not widely available.
Four million infants die during their first month of life worldwide each year, according to a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health press release. Generally, health technologies like incubators improve outcomes for infants at a high risk, but such equipment is uncommon in low- and middle-income countries. Ninety-nine per cent of all neonatal deaths occur in these countries due to the lack of facilities.
While KMC is particularly useful for low birth weight babies where medical resources are limited, developed and developing countries are moving to normalise KMC as a beneficial practice for all newborns and mothers, according to senior author Grace Chan, instructor at Harvard Chan School and a faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital.
The researchers examined 124 studies published between 2000 and 2014 that looked at skin-to-skin contact as a component of KMC. Some of these studies included additional care practices such as close follow-up and breastfeeding in their definition of KMC. The practice reduced 36 per cent in mortality and 47 per cent risk of major infection in newborns who weighed less than two kilogrammes.
Moreover, newborns who received kangaroo mother care also had higher levels of oxygen, lower pain measures and head circumference growth. KMC also increased up to 50 per cent likelihood of breastfeeding at hospital discharge. The results were consistent in both low- middle- and high-income countries.
Infants who have an hour of post-birth skin contact are less stressed, meaning breathing rate and heart rate are more stable, enabling them to digest food better when they start to feed. The mother’s chest area is warmer than other parts of the body, preventing newborns from cooling down, which poses a health risk. Babies also pick up some of the mother’s healthy bacteria during skin contact to prevent infection.
Earlier research talked about how skin-to-skin contact also has positive effects to mothers. Medical News Today reports that the maternal stress of being separated from their infants decreased for mothers after skin-to-skin contact was initiated, improving the mothers’ overall experience while in the newborn intensive care unit.
Health care professionals have more evidence that skin-to-skin contact can also decrease parental stress that can interfere with bonding, health and emotional wellness and the interpersonal relations of parents, as well as breastfeeding rates, lead study author Natalia Isaza noted. Isaza added that this simple technique will benefit both parent and child and should be encouraged in all newborn intensive care units.