Skin to skin
It’s exactly how it sounds, physical contact as much as possible, as soon as possible after your baby is born. The benefits are huge for your baby, as well as you. The contact produces calming hormones meaning your baby feels safe and cries less, plus promotes healing for you. This contact, and hormone production, helps bonding between you and your baby. So even if you don’t feel that rush of love after birth, which many don’t, it’s something that you can work on and build gradually. .
When a baby is born it takes time to adjust to the outside world and to regulate their own bodily functions. By doing skin to skin you can show them the way. Skin to skin helps a baby to regulate their heartbeat, temperature, breathing and blood sugar. You will also be passing on bacteria to kick start their immune system. .
You can write it in your birth plan that you would like immediate skin to skin with your baby. But if for some reason you’re not able to, your birth partner can always do some until you’re ready. Their is no time limit to when skin to skin looses benefits, with my first it’s something I practiced for months after birth. It was lovely to have those quiet times together, and if you breastfeed it helps with milk production. .
This beautiful image shows skin to skin between a dad and his #newborn following a surrogate pregnancy. : @birthstories.by.meaganadams - 5 hours ago