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FOR RELEASE: June 05 , 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory
Oklahoma Breastfeeding Symposium Scheduled Friday

 

What: Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for premature infants will be discussed at the 7th Annual Oklahoma Breastfeeding Symposium for Health Care Providers, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).
When: Friday, June 8, 2007
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Express Event Center
8512 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Featuring: Dr. Nils Bergman, who introduced Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for premature infants in South Africa.
Background:

Dr. Bergman with midwife Agneta Jurisoo developed and implemented KMC for premature infants. This resulted in a five-fold improvement in the survival of very low birth weight babies. He introduced KMC to South Africa in 1995 and after five years, KMC became the official policy for care of premature infants, immediately after their birth, in the hospitals of the Western Cape Province.

Dr. Bergman continues to research and promote KMC, skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, and mother-baby bonding.  He has lectured regarding his KMC research at conferences on six continents. Dr. Bergman has a diploma in child health, a master’s degree in public health and a doctoral degree in clinical pharmacology.

 

Editor’s Note: Media are invited to interview Dr. Bergman. The best times for interviews are morning break and from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. If a different time is requested, please call the OSDH Office of Communications in advance to determine if arrangements can be made. Also media are encouraged to view Dr. Bergman’s web site: www.kangaroomothercare.com.

 

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