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Our Mission

The Cleveland Kangaroula Collective is a group of perinatal professionals working directly with moms and babies to provide evidence based information and continuous support throughout the perinatal period.  The Kangaroula primarily focuses on the first 1,000 seconds, 1,000 minutes and 1,000 hours after birth.  We are dedicated to advocating for the baby's needs and supporting the parents as they learn and respond to their baby's biological needs.

What is a Kangaroula?

A doula focuses on the mother’s needs during labour and birth. A Kangaroula does this also, but primarily advocates for the baby during labour, birth and the first 1000 minutes of life. The Kangaroula has additional training in skin-to-skin contact

(Kangaroo Mother Care), hence

kangaroo + doula = Kangaroula!   

Mother’s body (and father’s) ensure that warmth, feeding, sleeping and emotional connection work as they should. The first day is when maximum support is needed for adapting to a bright and noisy world; it  is a critical period – looking after it makes a difference for life.  Every newborn needs a Kangaroula speaking for its needs, minimizing stress and empowering mother to read his signals to meet his needs best. This is especially important for small or preterm babies, who often get even less mother contact and support for critical needs.  Conversely, a very stressful birth can mean a baby is epigenetically wired in a way that can lead to negative effects in adulthood. This can be minimized by zero-separation of mother and baby as the familiar

SAFE PLACE and caring for for them as ONE.

– Kangaroula Definition By Nils & Jill Bergman


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