Skin-To-Skin Contact Important During First Hours Of Life - Cone Health

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Published on March 30, 2012

Skin-To-Skin Contact Important During First Hours Of Life

At Women’s Hospital, whisking your wee one away from you immediately after delivery is not our practice. Research indicates babies who are skin-to-skin and heart-to-heart with their mother adjust to their new environment much quicker.

Your baby will smell you, hear you, feel you, and be calmed and loved by you. The closeness helps your newborn adjust his/her body temperature to yours. It also encourages your baby to nurse from you and gets breastfeeding off to a good start.

It’s a model that is evolving so that all Women’s Hospital babies can experience skin-to-skin.

Mothers to be will learn more about skin-to-skin in the Birth and Baby classes offered at Women's Hospital, Annie Penn Hospital and MedCenter Kernersville.

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