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Skin-to-skin is one of the first recommended steps to encourage bonding between babies and parents at birth. As soon as possible after delivery, we place your baby on your bare chest and cover the baby.
At the Family Birth Center, we encourage immediate skin-to-skin with moms and dads after vaginal and cesarean deliveries (C-sections). If you choose delayed cord clamping, you can even start skin-to-skin before the umbilical cord is cut. Sometimes other family members, such as siblings or grandparents, practice skin-to-skin with newborns, as well.
Skin-to-skin is associated with many favorable results. There is considerable evidence that this practice:
We generally recommend that babies stay skin-to-skin until the first feeding, then as much as possible during your hospital stay and at home.