On this website you can find a plethora of information about skin-to-skin, including the Kangaroo Care Bibliography which is frequently updated by Susan Ludington, CNM, PhD. She is a founding member the United States Institute of Kangaroo Care and the national authority on the subject. She hosts an annual training in Cleveland with in depth training for health care providers regarding the value of kangaroo care (skin-to-skin). Her commitment to advancing this research has been an inspiration, and a wonderful example of the power of one person to change a paradigm.
Nils Bergman is a physician in South Africa and a renowned international expert on the value of skin-to-skin. Some of his most important contributions are regarding the neuroscience of birth. He and his wife Jill have been long-tiime champions of skin-to-skin and their website Kangaroomothercare.com is a great resource for trainings, articles, and DVDs to improve understanding and access to skin-to-skin for all babies.
The Magical Hour website has a DVD and other available educational materials about the 9 instinctive stages that are innate in babies and activated when babies are in skin-to-skin. With an understanding of these 9 stages healthcare providers can better support breastfeeding by not interfering with this natural process with often well-meaning breastfeeding instruction.
Baby-Friendly is an internationally recognized certification for hospitals and birth centers. The work of this organization has been invaluable in promoting best-practices that result in improved breastfeeding outcomes. BFI has long been a champion of immediate skin-to-skin. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) is the accrediting body and the national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States.