The beauty and benefits of kangaroo care

Isabelle, Shanna, Sylvie and Sounithra are four moms to premature babies currently hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Children’s. We asked them if we could photograph them holding their newborns skin-to-skin to highlight Kangaroo Care Awareness Day, celebrated today, on May 15th.

Our goal twofold: first, to illustrate the different ways families practice kangaroo care or skin-to-skin holding, even while in hospital; and second, to offer these courageous women the newborn photoshoot they never had the chance to enjoy. The result captures the intimate calmness of a beautiful moment between parent and child, despite being in hospital.