NICU is an original 10-episode docu-drama series that goes behind the scenes of top national neonatal intensive care units, showing the day-to-day care required to sustain the smallest of lives. NICU follows real families as they experience the rollercoaster of emotions that come with having a premature baby. The series also features doctors and nurses from leading hospitals in Baltimore, San Diego and Cleveland, as they work around the clock to ensure the survival of their tiny patients.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2010-07-15

NICU - Kangaroo care - Netflix

Kangaroo care or kangaroo mother care (KMC), sometimes called skin-to-skin care, is a technique of newborn care where babies are kept skin-to-skin with a parent, typically their mother. It is most commonly used for low birth-weight preterm babies, who are more likely to suffer from hypothermia, while admitted to a neonatal unit to keep the baby warm and support early breastfeeding. Kangaroo care, named for the similarity to how certain marsupials carry their young, was initially developed in the 1970s to care for preterm infants in countries where incubators were either unavailable or unreliable. There is evidence that it is effective in reducing both infant mortality and the risk of hospital-acquired infection, and increasing rates of breastfeeding and weight gain. Skin-to-skin care is also used to describe the technique of placing full-term newborns very soon after birth on the bare chest of their mother or father. This also improves rates of breastfeeding and can lead to improved stability of the heart and breathing rate of the baby.

NICU - For parents - Netflix

Kangaroo care is beneficial for parents because it promotes attachment and bonding, improves parental confidence, and helps to promote increased milk production and breastfeeding success. A recent study found that the psychological benefits of kangaroo care for parents of preterm infants are fairly extensive. Research shows that the use of kangaroo care is linked to lower parental anxiety levels. Amount of parental anxiety is related to parental age, family income, and socioeconomic status. Older parents may have additional life experience or resilience, leading to decreased anxiety. Higher socioeconomic status may contribute to less anxiety as well. These factors may lead to lower levels of baseline anxiety, and therefore a further decrease of anxiety following kangaroo care. Factors such as gestational age, parental gender, and marital status did not appear to affect parental anxiety. Kangaroo care was shown to decrease anxiety scores in both mothers and fathers, also unrelated to parents’ marital status. Kangaroo care has also lead to greater confidence in parenting skills. Parents who used kangaroo care displayed higher confidence in their ability to care for their child. Kangaroo care has been shown to positively impact breastfeeding as well, with mothers producing larger amounts of milk for longer periods of time. Overall, kangaroo care has many important benefits for parents as well as infants.

NICU - References - Netflix