Having had two babies at home, I had skin to skin contact immediately, and for probably at least the first hour. But I know that in many hospitals and for most women, this is not the case. But it can be done. Go to this nurse’s blog where she describes how she fosters the mother-child bond by encouraging immediate skin-to-skin contact. Instead of taking the baby away to the other side of the room to do the newborn procedures, she does them with the baby in the mother’s arms, and only takes the baby for the weighing and measuring — and then only when the mother gives consent. If I could be guaranteed that I would have a nurse like this, I might even consider giving birth in a hospital.
Posted on September 21, 2008 by Kathy