Dokumentarfilm über die Kangaroo-Methode bei Frühgeburt (Teil 1) und Follow-up nach neun Jahren - Aufwachsen nach dem Inkubator (Teil 2)
Ein Film von Saskia van Rees und Richard de Leeuw
Niederlande 1985 (Teil 1) und 1994 (Teil 2), 38 min
20 Euro -20% Aktionsrabatt! =16 Euro
In summer of 1985 Richard de Leeuw introduced the Kangaroo Method to the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. The parents take over the routine care of their own premature babies and are allowed to cradle them against their bare skin. Even babies who are three months premature, demonstrate an intense reaction to this. It benefits not only their physical condition but also their mental development.
A follow-up feature on very preterm and very low-weight infants
This film features children who were extremely premature and under-weight at birth. We follow them from their very first moments, through the incubator period and up to the present day, nine years later. Care practise has changed: parents are involved as far as possible. Breastfeeding ist encouraged and parents are given every opportunity to cherish and look after their newborn, even if though he may be extremely small or ill. Kangarooing is often their first real contact with the baby. The interviews show how valuable this is during the often long and worrying incubator period.
Several of the children also have been interviewed. They make a contribution of their own about their world as nine-year-olds. Growing up has not been a smooth process for all of them. Some are handicapped as a result of their premature birth. The film shows how both parents and children cope with this in their own particular way.