26th March 2014

Kangaroo Care


Fifth of a Series 

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?  Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
Isaiah 49:15 (NIV) 

This study continues a series of studies that began with four which were published in November 2013, relating our experiences leading up to, and during, the premature birth of our daughter.  In the early days and weeks after our daughter Lydia was born it was not as easy to start building bonds, as would normally be the case, between parents and their new-born baby.  Lydia was in an incubator connected up to many wires and tubes.  She couldn’t be fed through her mouth, and she slept for about 20 hours every day.  At night we would return home whilst she stayed at the hospital. 

Yet even within the first week the nurses encouraged us to change tiny doll sized nappies in Lydia’s incubator, and gradually we learned how to feed her through a nasal tube.  As Lydia grew a little stronger we were even allowed to take her out and give her cuddles for short periods, as long as she remained connected to the main equipment monitoring her vital signs. 

Due to the limited amount of contact premature babies have with their parents, one recommended approach involves cradling the baby against the mother or father’s skin inside their clothing.  This skin to skin contact gives warmth and comfort to help build close physical and emotional bonds, and is known as “kangaroo care.”  We have photos of Lydia when she was tiny, easily fitting inside the top of my shirt, and it was a very moving experience in caring for her. 

God loves us completely and unconditionally, far more than any human parent can love their children, and He wants a close relationship with us.  As the scripture above shows, even in the rare event when a human parent forgets their child, God does not forget.  In fact He is love (I John 4:8), and love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (I Corinthians 13:7).  Let’s allow God to give us His “kangaroo care!” 

Prayer
Dear God, thank you that you love us so much, and even when humanly we might be forgotten you do not forget.  Help us always to trust in your love and draw closer to you every day.  In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by Simon Williams

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Lydia Williams 4 for 2014-03-26About the Author:
Simon Williams is active in the Cambridge Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Cambridge
Comberton Village Hall
Green End
Comberton
CAMBRIDGE
CB23 7DY

Meeting time:
Saturday 2:00 pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Bill Lee
Email:  cambridge@wcg.org.uk

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