Skin to skin contact
To allow early skin-to-skin contact after birth, the baby is dried and placed naked on the mother’s chest and then covered with a blanket and a head cap to keep warm. Evidence from 34 randomized trials involving 2177 women and their babies found that babies in the skin to skin contact group cried less, interacted more with their mothers, had improved cardiorespiratory stability and glucose levels, and were more likely to be breast-fed.
No adverse effects were observed. On the basis of this evidence, skin-to-skin contact should be routine practice. Implementing skin to skin contact may require considerable commitment and energy to sustain the practice. Routine tasks such as measuring and observing the baby could be done with the baby on the mother’s chest. Weighing the baby could be delayed or done at the bedside with a minimal period of separation.
We all know (and love to preach) that cuddling your baby is the best thing that you can do. But did you know that it can actually boost their physical and mental health?