Women’s experiences providing kangaroo mother care in an academic hospital in Tshwane, Gauteng

Moreoagae B. Randa*, Jacobeth M. Malesela

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Preterm birth can be stressful for mothers and have negative consequences for the natural establishment of the mother-infant relationship. A high-impact, economical, and potentially life-saving strategy for the care of preterm and low-birthweight babies is kangaroo mother care (KMC). The literature suggests challenges to and enablers of KMC implementation in low-resource environments. The aim was to explore and describe women's experiences of providing KMC to their preterm babies. A qualitative, exploratory and descriptive approach was adopted. An unstructured interview guide was used to collect data during a focus group interview with mothers who provided kangaroo care. Data were analyzed using Braun and Clarke’s method. Four main themes emerged from the analyzed data. The results reflected on participants’ positive experiences, parenting skills and challenges. The participants suggested measures to enhance their encounters while providing KMC. Nurses need to support mothers who provide KMC; continuous education and guidance can enhance the implementation of this evidence-based practice to improve health outcomes for both preterm babies and their mothers. There is a need for continued training and support for mothers practising KMC, along with the consideration for healthcare providers to offer postpartum services for the mothers. (Afr J Reprod Health 2023; 27 [12]: 101-105).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalAfrican journal of reproductive health
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Academic hospital
  • experiences
  • kangaroo mother care
  • mothers
  • premature babies
  • women


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