Support the Kangaroo Chair

UPDATE (01.05.2015) – We wanted to say a a big THANK YOU to residents of Kelowna! Earlier in December, we communicated a need for new Kangaroo Care Chairs, a specialized recliner used in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The original need was for four chairs at $2,500 each, but thanks to your generosity, over $28,500 has been raised and therefore, eleven chairs will be purchased. With space for 14 beds in the new NICU opening this March, a Kangaroo Care Chair will now be placed at the majority of the beds resulting in less moving around and sharing.

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A Kangaroo Care Chair is a specialized recliner, uniting premature infants with their parents through the gift of touch. Skin-to-skin contact has been shown to stabilize the baby’s heart rate, improve breathing, sleep time and overall result in a healthier baby with earlier hospital discharge. For parents, the physical connection increases the emotional bond between new moms and dads and their precious preemies, as well improves breast milk supply and encourages confidence as they embrace their new role. This form of care is known as Kangaroo Care.

Regular chairs are too vertical for sensitive premature babies who are used to lying in a horizontal position. A Kangaroo Care Chair is able to recline at just the right angle so therapeutic skin-to-skin contact is comfortable and can be sustained for many hours.

Kelowna General Hospital would like to purchase four Kangaroo Care Chairs to be used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Each chair costs $2,500. With your help, we can ensure even the smallest patients have the best start possible.