Preemie twins holding hands have captured the hearts of many around the world via a video uploaded by their parents to the internet.
Australian mom Anthea Jackson-Rushford has been chronicling the journey of her two preemies with dad Glen Rushford on Facebook since they were born. Kristian and Kristiana came into the world earlier this month at just 28 weeks and both at only 2.2 pounds each.
“They were eager to get here quite before their due date and they did exactly that!” she wrote on Facebook.
After a few days with her newborns, mom noticed that her two angels couldn’t stop holding hands. She’s taken pictures of the twins holding on to each other as they lay cradled on each of their doting parents’ chest.
Jackson-Rushford said that she was sharing their story to give hope to other parents of premature babies. “I googled like crazy looking for hope when we told we might be [premature].
I would love to see this kind of positivity as a mum that faces the possibility of a premature baby. To all parents that face this, be comforted in knowing that today anything is possible and your babies will be just fine!”
“Kangaroo-care”, holding premature babies to a parent’s chest with skin-to-skin contact as shown in the video and pictures above, is encouraged by the World Health Organization and the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for premature babies. In fact, it’s part of their First Embrace campaign which tackles early essential newborn care. Skin-to-skin contact transfers warmth and protective bacteria, and brings closeness to parent and child.