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Commentary on a Turkish kangaroo care study
  1. Gina Clarkson
  1. Division of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gina Clarkson, School of Nursing, Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences, Pocatello, Idaho, USA; clargina{at}

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Commentary on: Toprak FÜ, Erenel AŞ. The effect of kangaroo care practice after caesarean section on paternal-newborn interaction: A mixed-methods study in Turkey. Midwifery. 2022 Dec; 115:103489. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2022.103489. Epub 2022 Sep 15.

Implications for practice and research

  • Turkish fathers should be encouraged to hold their infants by kangaroo care (KC) after maternal caesarean section.

  • Future research in Turkey could focus on the facilitators and barriers to paternal skin-to-skin holding.


Newborns, when consoled with skin-to-skin holding, or KC, are better able to adapt physiologically after caesarean delivery. KC in Turkey is a desired practice, but when the mother has caesarean section, this delays the practice. In Turkey, fathers are not routinely offered KC. Since there is a high rate of caesarean sections in Turkey, the nursing staff do not offer KC to many infants. There are two hypotheses in this study: (1) newborns affected by caesarean delivery who perform KC …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.