Katrine Conroy is BC Minister of Children and Family Development.

Funding helps rural parents and babies

Letter from Kootenay West MLA, Minister Katrine Conroy

Further to your Nov. 15 article “Premature baby program to expand across B.C.,” I’m honoured that my first funding announcement as Minister of Children and Family Development was for Kangaroo Mother Care, which supports the health and wellness of preemies and their parents.

Around 70 per cent of mothers who give birth to premature babies suffer from post-partum depression, compared to 15 per cent who suffer after giving birth to full-term infants. Early intervention through Kangaroo Mother Care promotes skin-to-skin contact, which reduces post-partum depression, stabilizes the baby’s temperature, and enhances maternal-child attachment.

This program is especially important for hospitals in rural and remote areas like the Kootenays, where parents often have to travel for several hours to get to the nearest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Being a new parent is exciting and exhausting, and it is difficult and stressful for families of preemies to be miles away from the comforts of home. Kangaroo Mother Care provides low-tech solutions that help parents and babies bond.

Parents will be able to learn these skills at NICUs and then use the skills once they return home. For many, this program will mean they can get home earlier than they would otherwise be able to, which is another huge benefit.

My ministry’s investment will help provide training and equipment for B.C. hospitals of all sizes by 2020.

Katrine Conroy

Minister of Children and Family Development

Just Posted

Victorian-era magnate, con artist had Rossland connections

New book explores fascinating history of Whitaker Wright

Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to B.C.

Show comes to Trail on Jan. 30

Minor hockey roots preserved in Trail mural

The Trail Minor Hockey Association founded Minor Hockey Week in 1957

Tell the Times

Web Poll: Have you been the target of petty theft in Trail?

Nelson and Kaslo both claimed Queen City status

Place Names: Queen City of the Kootenays

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Most Read