School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
kangaroo care, kangaroo mother care, kangaroo care benefit, kC benefit, kangaroo care benefit on maternal health, maternal postpartum health, KC, kangaroo care (KC), postpartum depression, maternal and infant attachment, exclusive breastfeeding
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Lawson, Alexis Ann, "Kangaroo Care Impact on Maternal Health: An Integrative Review" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4560.
Health care should progress and change as the needs of the population change. As light is shed on the mothers’ experiences during the postpartum period, there is an increasing need to find and implement evidence-based interventions to promote their health and wellness. As a vulnerable population, postpartum women require appropriate treatments and interventions to avoid postpartum complications. Three key themes of postpartum health and well-being that directly and significantly impact mothers are postpartum depression, maternal and infant attachment, and exclusive breastfeeding. This integrative review addressed the correlation between each of these themes and how kangaroo care, upright skin-to-skin contact, impacts them. Inconsistent use of kangaroo care as an intervention for mothers postpartum was discovered in this review, as it is typically used for infants. Statistical evidence supporting the use of kangaroo care to improve overall maternal health was discussed in this integrative review. Keywords: kangaroo care (KC), postpartum depression, maternal and infant attachment, exclusive breastfeeding