Skin to Skin

With Skin to Skin your baby is placed on your bare chest wearing only a diaper and hat and will be covered with a warm blanket. The baby snuggles on your chest covered with a blanket, just like a kangaroo’s pouch. Doctors say that holding a baby skin-to-skin is the “best care” for your baby.  Skin to Skin helps regulate your babies’ temperature and heart rate after delivery.

Why is Skin to Skin the “best care” for Mom and Baby?

  • Helps your baby move to the outside world easier because he can hear your heartbeat and feel your warmth.
  • Helps to keep your baby warm.
  • Helps baby maintain a good heart rate and breathing rate.
  • Your baby will cry less and sleep more.
  • Your baby can be held skin-to-skin during procedures.
  • Your baby will have better brain development.
  • Your baby may take the first feeding at your breast, which is the best care you can provide for your baby.
  • You will have more milk and more success with breastfeeding.
  • You will have better bonding and feelings of closeness.
  • You will feel more confident caring for your baby.

How do I do Skin to Skin at birth?

  • Immediately after birth, your baby will be dried off and placed on your chest.
  • Both you and the baby will be covered with warm blankets.
  • Your baby may take the first feeding at the breast.
  • You and your baby may remain skin-to-skin for up to 2 hours.
  • Do not hand the baby to family members or friends during this time as your baby will get cold.