Publication: Neonatal Skin-to-Skin Contact [With The Zaky ZAK]: Implications for Learning and Autonomic Nervous System Function in Infants With Congenital Heart Disease
The publication that reports the results of Skin to Skin Contact/Kangaroo Care with infants with congenital heart disease is published!
Every mum/baby dyad used The Zaky ZAK (aka Kangaroo Zak) for Skin to Skin contact sessions, and is acknowledged/described in the paper on page 3.
Parent-Training with Kangaroo Care Impacts Infant Neurophysiological Development & Mother-Infant Neuroendocrine Activity
Infant Behavior and Development, Volume 58, February 2020, 101416; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2019.101416
Infants were full-term (> 37 weeks GA). Mothers assigned to the Kangaroo Care Group were given a KC wrap (Nurtured by Design's The Zaky ZAK/Kangaroo Zak)
A randomized control trial was conducted to investigate the effects of skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest contact (kangaroo care, KC) in mother-infant dyads on patterns of infant brain activity and associated mother-infant neurohormone releases. 33 mother-infant dyads participated during pregnancy (29–38 weeks gestation), at neonatal and 3-month periods.
Overall, analyses indicated that:
1) infants in the KC group showed left frontal brain activation patterns (asymmetry and coherence) associated with KC training;
2) KC produced moderate to large increases in oxytocin levels; and
3) KC yielded moderate decreases in cortisol reactivity.
Findings suggest KC may garner favorable neuro-maturational and neurobiological outcomes for dyads.
Publication: Kangaroo Care Implementation [with The Zaky ZAK] - Quality Improvement Project
The Sobreviver Project (Survive) By Mary Coughlin, RN, MS, NNP, Caring Essentials Collaborative, LLC. Boston.
Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews Volume 15, Issue 4, December 2015, Pages 169-173
Sanford Improvement Academy selected The Zaky ZAK as part of their Kangaroo Care implementation. The goal was to improve confidence, duration, and frequency by 20%.
Here are the results:
• Parental confidence increased by 62% on the PPCI
• Duration of STS holding increased by 62%
• Frequency of STS holding increased by 26%
Clinician Opinions and Approaches to Manage Risk Related to Safe Sleep During Skin-to-Skin Care
Ashley Weber, Mason Elder, Kristin C. Voos, Joshua W. Lambert, Heather C. Kaplan, and Yamile C. Jackson
A Survey of Neonatal Clinicians’ Use, Needs, and Preferences for Kangaroo Care Devices
Ashley Weber, PhD, RN; Yamile Jackson, PhD, PE, PMP