Conference about Kangaroo method


The Balance Association presents:

Kangaroo Mother Care: Importance of the Early Contact and Parental Care
Conference with Jill Bergman and dr Nils Bergman

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Date of conference: June 1 – 2, 2018.

Place: Hotel Millennium, 94-98 Üllői street, Budapest, Hungary (

The lecture’s language is English with Hungarian translation.

Detailed Program:

June 1 2018, Friday

08.30-09.00 Registration

9.00-10.30 Helping health professionals who help parents at birth

Latest neuroscience puts the mother as primary caregiver from birth. Nurses need a new role – to teach parents practical skills of skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding and early parenting.

10.30-11.00 break

11.00-12.30 Helping health professionals who help the parents of prematures

New evidence shows how vital it is to put the preterm baby onto the mother’s chest. This talk empowers the mother with information and practical skills to best support her sensitive baby’s development.

12.30-13.30 lunch

13.30 – 14.45 Experiences of a South African kangarola about the practical side of skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding

14.45-15.15 break

15.15-16.30 Practical side of skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding preterm babies

June 2, 2018. Saturday

9.00-10.30 Skin-to-skin contact: current evidence and future directions

10.30-11.00 break

11.00-12.30 Skin-to-skin contact as the defining developmental environment: a model to guide practice change

12.30-13.30 lunch

13.30-14.45 Caring and feeding of healthy and sick infants

14.45-15.15 break

15.15-16.45 Physiological rhythm for premature infants

16.45-17.15 Questions and answers


About our lecturers

Jill Bergman qualified from University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1983 with a degree and post graduate teachers diploma. She has taught in Zimbabwe and South Africa and lectured at a teachers training college. She has supported her husband Dr Nils Bergman in Kangaroo Mother Care since he started in 1988, and in a full-time capacity since 2000. She has made 4 films and written a book- Hold Your Prem- for parents of premature babies, all making the neuroscience that Nils teaches applicable in practice and translating care into non-technical language.. She has a passion for supporting mothers in labour as a doula and as a kangaroula speaking for the needs of newborns, empowering mums and babies with early bonding and breastfeeding. She trains nursing staff and hospitals in the practicalities of skin to skin contact, and developmental care.

Dr Nils Bergman graduated at the University of Cape Town, and has worked in South Africa, Ciskei and, Sweden, before working seven years as Medical Superintendent and District Medical Officer at Manama Mission, Zimbabwe. Here he, together with Midwife Agneta Jurisoo, developed and implemented Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for premature infants right from birth. This resulted in a five-fold improvement in survival of Very Low Birth Weight babies.
He introduced KMC to South Africa in 1995, and after 5 years, KMC became official policy for care of prematures in the hospitals of the Western Cape province. He has given keynote addresses on KMC at International Conferences in six continents, and published articles on a variety of subjects in medical journals. He now researches and promotes KMC fulltime.

He was for 6 years Senior Medical Superintendent of the Mowbr ay Maternity Hospital (7000 deliveries per year) and five Midwife Obstetric Units (11000 deliveries per year). Dr Bergman continues to live and work in Cape Town, as a Consulting Public Health Physician. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Apart from his original degree, he holds a Diploma in Child Health, a Masters degree in Public Health, and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Pharmacology, on the effects of scorpion stings.He is married to Jill, and father to Rebecka, Simon and Emma.

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