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Warming Up

Warming Up

Bamako, Mali

January 08, 2010

At the Kangaroo Mother Care Center, mothers like Assata Doumbia (shown here with one of her premature one-week-old twin babies) are taught at the center to keep their baby skin-to-skin on their chest. The mother’s body acts as a natural incubator. When her baby’s temperature goes up, the mother’s temperature goes down; when her baby’s temperature goes down, the mother’s increases.

Save the Children partnered with the Mali Ministry of Health and Gabrielle Traoré Hospital to open the center, through a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Kangaroo Mother Care gets its name from the practice of keeping a baby close and warm like a kangaroo mother does by keeping her baby in its pouch to help it grow and gain weight. (Photo credit: Joshua Roberts / Save the Children)