This Mother Wanted to Hold Her Baby One Last Time…You Won’t Believe What Her Touch Did!Jesus Daily
We are told of the incredible power of a mother’s touch, but how far can that extend? For one couple, it seems to have extended farther than anyone would imagine!
When one of their twins, born prematurely, was pronounced dead, its mother took the child in her arms. She began to talk to the baby, holding him skin to skin for two hours. You won’t believe what happened next!
The practice of holding a premature baby skin-to-skin is called kangaroo care. It first began in Columbia in the 1970s in response to high death rates in premature babies. It is often used when no incubators – or inadequately working incubators – are available. But it has also become common practice for all babies, because of its benefits.
The term kangaroo care comes from the kangaroo’s practice of keeping its baby – or joey – in its pouch. Kangaroos are marsupials. When they give birth, the babies are relatively undeveloped. So, they climb into the mother’s pouch and attach to her nipple to grow and continue to develop. This lasts about nine months. At that point the joey only leaves the pouch for short periods of time, returning to be nursed by the mother. The joey leaves the pouch for good after about a year and a half. Animals like wallabies, wombats and koalas are also marsupials and have similar pouches for their young.
Kangaroo care involves placing the newborn in an upright position skin-to-skin against the mother or father’s chest for several hours a day. What practitioners see during kangaroo care was a stabilization of breathing, heart rate and more. Because the baby is next to the parent’s chest, his or her chest stays warm, which helps the baby breathe better. Respiratory problems from inadequately developed lungs are a major complication in premature babies.
It was precisely in this type of environment that a miracle occurred for the mother, Kate, in this video. Even when doctors dismissed her initial words, she believed. And what was the reaction?? You’ll have to see!
We know a mother’s love is powerful!
Dr. Tabor shares three mothers from the Bible who showed immense love
1. Jochebed’s sacrifice – Jochebed was the mother of Moses. She loved her baby so much that she sent him away in a basket down the Nile River to be raised by another woman. This was in response to Pharoah’s decree to kill all newborn male Israelite babies. He felt the Israelites were becoming too numerous. Jochebed sent Moses away, because it was the only way she knew to help him survive! Under the watchful care of his sister, Miriam, Moses’ basket sat among the reeds until Pharoah’s daughter plucked him out of the water. God gave Jochebed a special gift, though. She was asked to take Moses home to nurse and care for him before releasing him to live in the palace as the princess’s son. (Exodus 2:1-10)
2. Hannah’s promise – Hannah wanted a baby more than anything else. She prayed and prayed for a child. She also made God a promise. She told God if she had a baby, she would give the baby to God for his service. God honored Hannah’s request, and Hannah honored her promise. After Hannah had given birth to and weaned Samuel, she took him to the temple to live with Eli the priest for the rest of his life. Samuel learned to hear God’s voice from Eli, and God used Samuel as a pivotal person in Israel’s history. (1 Samuel 1)
3. Mary’s blessing – Most are familiar with the Christmas story. Mary, a young virgin, was betrothed to Joseph. This was more than an engagement. It was a legally binding agreement of marriage. When the angel Gabriel came to her and said she would be pregnant with the Son of God, her response was, “may it be it done to me according to your word.” Mary’s loving act of willing obedience changed the course of history for all of us. (Luke 1)
No doubt Kate loved her baby in the same way these mother’s loved theirs. Even when there was no hope, she continued to talk to her baby, surrounding him with love and body heat. The results will bring you to tears!
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