Nesting Days and Kanga Kare are sending a joint message to the world of the amazing benefits of skin-to-skin care for premature and full-term newborns, both here and around the world

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We’re so excited to share our holiday special–Buy one, Give one!

Starting Thanksgiving Day until January 1st, 2014, we will donate one Nesting Days Newborn Carriers for every newborn carrier sold online to the Kanga Kare Project, sending a joint message to the world of the amazing benefits of skin-to-skin care for premature and full-term newborns both here and around the world.

My involvement started when Asad Akbany approached me about attending the Art of Nesting Workshop to learn more about my involvement in skin-to-skin, and we realized we have the same mission: To change the way babies are being welcomed into the world.

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Asad is part of a five person team of undergraduate students (including Ian Shain, Lucas Gérard, Gary Duan and Pieter Doevendans) taking a social entrepreneurship class at UC Berkeley. The students are working on a product called Kanga Kare to help premature babies in Lampang, Thailand. They will be receiving the Nesting Day’s carriers on behalf of the Lampang hospital for distribution to parents in need.

“We got the idea of developing an inexpensive, skin-to-skin transport device that maintains the ill/premature infant’s temperature in lieu of expensive incubators and emergency vehicles not available in most developing countries” — said Asad Akbany, who was a born premature, ”when we found Julie’s project, we had to meet with her and get advice on our Kanga Kare Incubator.”

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We decided to donate Nesting Days Newborn Carriers to mothers in need through their group as a way to give back this holiday season.

Nesting Days already has a program to give Newborn Carriers and skin-to-skin education to at-risk babies and mothers at San Francisco General Hospital, partly funded through their recent Kickstarter Campaign. I’ll be hosting another Art of Nesting workshop at Carmel Blue on January 18th, 2014 for expecting parents wanting to learn more about the benefits of skin-to-skin care and safe babywearing. You can read more about Kangaroo Care in the practical guide by the World Health Organization below.

So this season — when you buy one baby carrier – you are really buying two. Share the gift of life, the knowledge of evidence-based science, and the power of skin-to-skin! Give away!

-Julie

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