kangaroo v. To provide such care.
Celeste Johnson, "Hush Little Baby," AScribe Newswire, May 16, 2002
Michael Anthony, who is 3 weeks old, squirmed and mustered a shriek while Cathy Basacker, his nurse at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, prepared the infant for his next kangaroo care session.
Basacker removed Michael's warm clothing, leaving him only in his diaper. Venesa Valente, 15, Michael's mother, opened her gown to expose her chest. Michael's squeals subsided as soon as his head rested between his mothers' breasts.
Elisa Rocha, "Tiniest babies get jump start in life with 'kangaroo care'," Modesto Bee, December 3, 1990
Best of all, it worked: not only did more kangarooed babies survive, but they thrived, with many leaving the hospital days or even weeks earlier than normal. This success was noticed by doctors in the U.S., and kangaroo care was imported to some California hospitals in the late 80s. In the U.S. version, however, the mother or father "wears" the infant for only a few hours a day.
The earliest citation for kangaroo care came not long after the procedure made its U.S. debut.