Parents around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of skin-to-skin contact for their newborns, and more hospitals around the country are implementing baby friendly practices that make a vital difference and positive impact in the health and wellbeing of these precious new lives as they arrive into this world.
Skin to skin contact immediately after birth, which lasts for at least an hour (and should continue for as many hours as possible throughout the day and night for the first number of weeks) has the following positive effects. The baby:
- Is more likely to latch on
- Is more likely to latch on well
- Maintains his body temperature normal better even than in an incubator
- Maintains his heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure normal
- Has higher blood sugar
- Is less likely to cry
- Is more likely to breastfeed exclusively and breastfeed longer
- Will indicate to his mother when he is ready to feed
(Source: International Breastfeeding Center)
But as you’ll see in the following video, saying that skin-to-skin contact can save a baby’s life (or bring baby back to life, to be precise) is not an understatement!
Kate Ogg of Australia had given birth to a premature twins, born only at 27 weeks and weighing 2 lbs. While Emily had been delivered successfully, her little twin brother Jamie had been declared dead my the medical staff after 20 minutes of battling to get his breathing started.
The mother requested at this point that little Jamie be given to her so she and her husband could hold him for a while and say their goodbyes. Intuitively, Mrs. Ogg unwrapped the baby from his blanked and held him against her skin. It’s at this point that the miracle happened: after two hours of hugging, touching and speaking to her baby, the little boy began to gasp for air and show signs of life!
At first the doctors dismissed this as a reflex action, but then the mother fed him a little breast milk on her finger and little Jaimie continued to improve and began breathing normally.
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