How you can help

We would like your help...

Patients at State hospitals and clinics in South Africa are typically destitute, malnourished, as well as being very sick or injured. Many are jobless, many are homeless, and many have no loved-ones to provide the basic needs for them in hospital.

The Ruth Mailbag Group strives to provide for the needs of destitute moms and babies in the maternity and NICU of our local state hospital and several other hospitals in our country who have asked for our help by providing them with a basic baby pack for their new and or sick babies.

If you can assist please get in touch with us through or visit our blog at for more information.

Yours sincerely,
Joy Coetzee
Founder – The Ruth Mailbag Group

Or a hospital near you... please, browse through the following list, I’m sure you will find a government hospital near you to support:
Contact Details of Public Hospitals in South Africa -
Eastern Cape -
Gauteng Province -
Johannesburg -
KZN -;
Port Elizabeth -
Western Cape -

Sunday, 18 March 2012

International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day

International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day

Honour the 135 million babies who are born annually worldwide including the 13 million that are born prematurely.
May 15, 2012 is the first Annual International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day and this day we focus everyone’s attention to this life-saving and nurturing practice.
Whether you are a parent, a caregiver, a healthcare professional, or just a fan of Kangaroo Care, we invite you to help us spread the word around the world.

The importance of the first hour of life for a baby

Dr. Nils Bergman, from South Africa, is one of the leaders in Kangaroo Care.  His main focus of research is the first hour to 6 hours of the baby's life.

Watch this amazing video!

KMC has three parts:

Skin-to-skin contact between the baby's front and the mother's chest. The more skin-to-skin contact, the better. For comfort a small nappy is fine, and for warmth a cap may be used. Skin-to-skin contact should ideally start at birth, but is helpful at any time. It should ideally be continuous day and night, but even shorter periods are still helpful.

Exclusive breastfeeding means that for an average mother, direct suckling by the baby from the breasts is all that is needed. For very premature babies, expressing milk and addition of some essential nutrients may be needed.

Support to the dyad means that whatever is needed for the medical, emotional, psychological and physical well being of mother and baby is provided to them, without separating them. This might mean adding ultramodern equipment if available, or purely intense psychological support in contexts with no resources. It can even mean going home very early.

Kangaroo Mother Care:
Restoring the Original Paradigm for Infant Care and Breastfeeding

Lisa Albright
Austin TX USA
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 37 No. 5, October-November 2001, pp. 106-107.

Kangaroo Care: The Importance of a Mother's Touch

By Tracy B. McGinnis

Scaling up kangaroo mother care in South Africa: 'on-site' versus 'off-site' educational facilitation

Anne-Marie Bergh1,2*, Elise van Rooyen3,1 and Robert C Pattinson1,2

Special Project
International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
We are collecting items for premature and tiny babies born at our local state hospital
Closing date - May 15, 2012
Please deliver / send to:
The Ruth Mailbag Group, “For charity – NO retail value”
C/o Foto First, 180 Murchison Street
Ladysmith 3370, South Africa
Thank you, in anticipation!

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