When doctors had declared Jamie Ogg – the newborn son of Australian Kate Ogg – deceased after birthing complications, she refused to let go of her son. Instead, she decided to use her own form of treatment on Jamie.
The Kangaroo Care technique has seen a recent influx in select hospitals around the globe, particularly in Great Britain. Named after the way kangaroo mothers hold their joeys snuggly in their pouch, Kangaroo Care allows for the mother to act as a living incubator for the child.
Jamie Ogg was born prematurely at 27 weeks, as was his twin sister Emily. While Emily was delivered without complications, doctors informed Kate and her husband David that Jamie was dead just moments after birth.
“It was the worse feeling I’ve ever felt,” Kate said. “I unwrapped Jamie from his blanket. He was very limp. I took my gown off and arranged him on my chest with his head over my arm and just held him. He wasn’t moving at all and we just started talking to him. We told him what his name was and that he had a sister. We told him the things we wanted to do with him throughout his life.”
Kate held her son close to her, refusing to let go. And eventually, the baby began to rustle, yet doctors merely dismissed it as a reflex action. Then a while later, she began feeding Jamie breast milk and her newborn son started breathing normally.
Doctors were absolutely amazed at the sight.
Skin-to-skin Kangaroo Care is an extremely effective manner of nurturing a baby. It restores a baby’s temperature faster than any incubator and greatly helps in protecting against hypothermia.
In a research performed by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, 90 percent of babies who underwent Kangaroo Care regained normal body temperature, compared with only 60 percent of babies placed in incubators.
The twins were born on March 25, 2010. Now they are over three years old and both in good health. The Ogg family lives in New Zealand and has welcomed a third child to the family as well.
And when Jamie and Emily pester their parents with questions about which twin is the older of the two, Kate has a little fun with the response. “Technically, you’re two minutes older,” she’ll tell Jamie, “but Emily’s been alive longer.”