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The Power of A Mother's Touch

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The Power of A Mother's Touch
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An amazing story of the power of a mother’s love for her newborn is shocking members of the medical profession and warming the hearts of people around the globe.  Kate Ogg, a mother from Australia, tells the story of the events that unfolded after her son, Jamie, was born weighing just 2 pounds at 27 weeks gestation and showing no signs of life.  

After doctors tried for quite some time to bring Jamie Ogg back to life the hospital staff broke the heart breaking news that Jamie Ogg would not make it and the parents should say their final goodbyes.  Kate Ogg held her son’s lifeless body on her chest while she and her husband, David, tried to come to terms with the fact that their son had passed.  

After Kate Ogg cuddled and spoke to her son for 2 hours she noticed something was different, he began to gasp. After putting a call in to doctors they assured her he was still dead and that this was just a reflex, part of the process of dying. As time passed Kate Ogg noticed her son was gasping more and more and began to actually open his eyes, and then something that can only be described in the Telegraph by Kate Ogg as a miracle, “Then he held out his hand and grabbed my finger.”  Doctors remain baffled as to how this could have happened.

Mr. Ogg believes his son is here today because of the loving skin-to-skin contact, known as “kangaroo care” in Australia, Kate was able to give him.  David Ogg says, “Luckily, I’ve got a very strong, very smart wife.  She instinctively did what she did.”  Jamie Ogg is now a healthy 5-month-old at home with his parents.  Unfortunately, the type of life saving skin-to-skin contact he was able to receive is not always possible for mothers to have with their premature newborns who are confined to incubators after birth.  Many people believe hospitals should take the healing benefits of a mother’s touch into consideration when trying to save a baby’s life.

What do you think of the story of this mom bringing her newborn back to life with a cuddle?

Do you think hospitals should considered this type of skin-to-skin care when treating premature newborns?

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  • CatLuver By CatLuver

    Wow, I'm just blown away by this story. Its just unbelievable. Yes, if skin to skin contact causes miracles like this one, then yes Doctors should find away to let the mother bond with their babies while the baby is getting the medical care they need.

  • SavdByGrace By SavdByGrace

    I can understand that hospitals want to have total control of the situation because of liability, but to deprive an infant of the mother's touch aka skin to skin contact is to deprive them of something that is so essential for babies to survive. I'm so happy for the Oggs! Yes, hospitals should consider this as much as any IV or medication they administer.

  • bozemanbrooks By bozemanbrooks

    This is quite a story. I totally believe in skin to skin contact and that hospitals should let the mother have that kind of contact with her own child!

  • tina30219 By tina30219

    What do I think of this mother bringing her child back to life it is great. Do I think hospitals should consider this type of skin to skin care ? Definitely so.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly

    I saw this report on was so incredible...and emotional. The images of these parents holding their child that they thought was dead; and then the joy when this baby moved and took a breath! This is quite the lesson learned.

  • vanderson By vanderson

    When I first heard of this story I didn't believe one word it. But instead of going to the next one I look for all the news coverage I could find. I was shocked!!! I think that our medical system needs to take another look on the care and treatment for newborns.

  • mardel By mardel

    When I first heard of this little miracle I cried!! A mothers touch can do wonders!! I am so happy for this family.

  • sblackwell By sblackwell

    I had a 26 weeker - 1 pound, 3 ounces. Due to medical instability, I wasn't able to kangaroo care until she was a month old. It made a huge difference in both her health and mine. I absolutely think ALL hospitals should have kangaroo care as an ongoing therapy option. I am so very thankful my NICU was staffed with progressive neonatologists!! I LOVE this story!!!!

  • ashelyluvu By ashelyluvu

    Yes i do think they should do this typ of stuff with a new born baby/premature newborns

  • pchs1234563 By pchs1234563

    This is such an inspiring story! and I totally agree w/ sblackwell I think all hospitals should have the kangaroo care option. I did kangaroo care w/ my daughter when she was in the NICU. I had never heard of it before, but I'm so glad that it was an option b/c for a while I was scared to death that she wasn't going to make it. The first time i got to hold my daughter was as kangaroo care. i firmly believe that it helped her! All hospitals should do this if they don't!!

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