The Mother–Baby Kangaroo method used in Colombia is described with extracts from ‘participant observations’ of the author. It is suggested that this method of constant skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, where the baby is sufficiently healthy to be able to breathe independently and to feed from the breast, and where mother has support, allows the baby to complete the gestation period and to continue to develop in an external extension of life in the womb. The author links her work in the programme with Bion’s concept of container-contained, extending it to the idea of the risk to emotional survival becoming a risk to the container-contained function.

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