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Research shows that skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and in the newborn period is very beneficial for both mom and baby. Some of these advantages include:
At birth — if conditions allow — your baby will be placed directly on your chest immediately after delivery. We will place a blanket and/or towel over the baby to keep the baby warm as you enjoy your first precious moments together. Skin-to-skin contact is recommended for at least one hour after birth.
Depending on the condition of the mother and/or baby at the time of birth, skin-to skin contact may not be possible. However, skin-to-skin contact is beneficial at any time during the early newborn period, even after you leave the hospital.
New moms are now given the opportunity to keep their babies snuggled close because we have moved nursing care to the bedside instead of older, standardized nursing practices that separated mom and baby. Rooming-in will help you learn to care for your baby while staff is available to help if you need assistance or rest. This will also help you feel more comfortable taking care of your baby once you go home.
When you room in:
We want this to be the best possible experience for you. If you have any questions, please ask your nurse.
The Lactation Center at Anderson Regional Birth Center provides breastfeeding education and support to a mother before the birth of her baby and throughout her breastfeeding journey. We are committed to helping mothers and babies be as healthy as possible… and that begins with breastfeeding. We provide inpatient and outpatient Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) services.
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