Mum nurses baby back to life

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AN Australian mum has made headlines worldwide after cuddling her tiny baby back to life. The grieving mother had given up hope of saving newborn Jamie, after doctors pronounced the tiny boy dead.

While Jamie's twin sister, Emily, was delivered safely, doctors worked for about 20 minutes to get premature Jamie to breathe before declaring that he couldn't be saved.

... "I unwrapped Jamie from his blanket. He was very limp. I took my gown off and arranged him on my chest with his head over my arm and just held him. He wasn't moving at all and we just started talking to him."

Ms Oggs said she and her husband, David, had given up saving Jamie, who was born at 27 weeks and weighed less than 1kg.

... after about two hours of being hugged, touched and spoken to, little Jamie miraculously showed signs of life.

"Jamie occasionally gasped for air, which doctors said was a reflex action," Ms Oggs said.

"But then I felt him move as if he were startled, then he started gasping more and more regularly.

"I gave Jamie some breast milk on my finger, he took it and started regular breathing."

... "A short time later he opened his eyes. It was a miracle," Ms Oggs said.

"Then he held out his hand and grabbed my finger.

"He opened his eyes and moved his head from side to side. The doctor kept shaking his head, saying, 'I don't believe it'."

The Sydney mum spoke publicly to highlight the importance of skin-on-skin care for sick babies.

The technique, known as kangaroo care, is often used in neo-natal wards and is thought to promote a more stable temperature, better breathing and weight gain ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448