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Kangaroo Care has been spreading rapidly as the results of 41 years of research become known and confidence in Kangaroo Care’s many benefits to the healthy or sick newborn, term or pre-term newborn and his/her family builds.  As implementation of Kangaroo Care proceeds, the need for education materials and support to facilitate the change from the current ‘separation’ paradigm to the ‘non-separation through kangaroo care’ paradigm of newborn/neonatal care has emerged around the world.  Creating a culture of consistent caregiving through Kangaroo Care, especially in the United States and Canada, is the goal of the United States Institute for Kangaroo Care. The recognized international experts of Kangaroo Care who have founded the Institute and its members are dedicated to improving the health and enriching the lives of infants, mother, fathers, and families through Kangaroo Care and through the Family Friendly Hospital Initiative® and providing information and resources that support these goals.  Contact us with your comments, suggestions, and questions and we look forward to hearing from you.

Executive Director:  Susan M. Ludington, RN, CNM, Ph.D., FAAN
   Dr. Ludington has been studying Kangaroo Care since 1988, conducting the first research study of the method in the United States.  She has been repeatedly funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct randomized controlled trials of Kangaroo Care and establish the evidence base for Kangaroo Care effects on infant physiology and development.  Her research record has earned her  inaugural membership in the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, the Audrey Hepburn Award for Global Contributions to the Health of Children from Sigma Theta Tau International and Excellence in Research from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.



Dr. Ludington is a founding member of the International Network for Kangaroo Mother Care that was started in 1996 and currently serves as a Steering Committee member of the international group. Dr. Ludington published in 1993 “Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do For Your Preterm Infant” that is available for purchase on any e –reader.  Dr. Ludington is a renowned speaker and principal educator in the United States Institute for Kangaroo Care’s  Certification Courses.  She is currently the Margaret Davis Walters Endowed Chair of Pediatric Nursing at Case Western Reserve University’s Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland, OH.  She has been a maternal-neonatal nurse since 1972 and a certified midwife since 1979.
Director-at-Large:  Kathy Morgan, BSN, NNP
Ms. Morgan has been a neonatal nurse practitioner at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for 29 years. Ms. Morgan is well known for her ability to integrate parents into the care of their children and has been a nurse researcher for ten years, predominantly studying neonatal intensive care unit interventions that improve infant physiology, sleep, and brain development.

She works closely with lactation consultants and RNs in community hospital settings  to develop protocols for the use of  Kangaroo Care in Level I and II nurseries where she provides high-risk management  and stabilization of sick infants.  She has co-authored several manuscripts with Dr. Susan Ludington.  She presents several topics at the KC certification conference and runs the Neonatal Intensive Care skills lab for the program.
Director-at-Large:  Judy Gazik

Director-at-Large: Sue Kolojek
Director-at-Large: Tom Gazik
Director-at-Large:  Ron Kolojek
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