KMC | Embrace Innovations | 2010
What is a preterm, or low birth weight baby? What are the problems they faces? (explain that they can't regulate their own temperature, they need an exterior help) Why the techniques of “hot water bottle”,“hot coals”, and “light bulbs” are dangerous? Why they should never be used to warm a baby? How can you be an incubator ? How can you provide warmth to your baby? As we were trying to look at these issues, we realised Kangaroo Mother Care is vital activity for mother-child bonding. How might we design a jacket to improve mother child bonding was the premise of the project.
WHAT IS KANGAROO MOTHER CARE?
Kangaroo-mother care is a non-conventional method for caring for low birth weight and preterm newborns after initial stabilisation. Kangaroo care for pre-term infants may be restricted to a few hours per day, but if they are medically stable that time may be extended. Some parents may keep their babies in-arms for many hours per day.
The primary features of kangaroo-mother care are:
This method can be tiring for the mother and restricts her freedom of movement.
Initially the challenge was "How can we ensure that mother's practice Kangaroo Mother Care by making a product intervention." As we deep dived into research we realised we required to reframe our point of view. The new challenge brief was - "How can KMC be more comfortable and
pampering for a mother ?" [please click on button on the left for viewing the detailed document of the project]