Gender stereotypes were broken over the weekend when a hospital in Nanjing allowed two fathers to become “kangaroo dads” to their premature newborns.
“Kangaroo care” is a method of caring for a premature baby in which the infant is held in skin-to-skin contact with a parent, typically the mother, for as long as possible each day. The Cleveland Clinic says that the method is an extremely effective way of soothing premature newborns, and it has been gaining in popularity in recent years.
At the Nanjing Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital on Friday, two fathers put their premature babies, weighing less than 1.5 kilograms, against their bare chests beneath a long robe. The fathers then had to remain still for around two hours, according to iFeng News.
Back in August, three married men in Shanghai decided that they wanted to experience the joys and (mostly) pains of childbirth by strapping on labor pain simulators and then practicing breast feeding, changing diapers and nursing infants for 10 days at a local childbirth preparation center.
This just goes to show once again that good fathers will always be there for you, no matter if it means buying you the most expensive diamond in the world, selling the house and taking you on a 5 year trip around the world or dressing as a horse and offering people 1 RMB rides to pay for your cancer treatment.
[Images via iFeng // CCTV]