New research: Benefits of skin-to-skin contact DURING a C-section
Parenting info: New study finds that if mothers are supported to have skin-to-skin contact during a C-section (within 5 minutes of a baby being born), women have a positive experience, with improved bonding and breastfeeding, and feel less anxiety and depression.
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Why this matters to me?
As a mum of a baby born by C-section, I wish I had known that it could have been possible to have skin-to-skin contact with my newborn baby DURING the C-section birth.
As it was, I didn’t hold my baby until I was in the recovery room — so probably about 30-45 minutes after my baby was born. And there was no support to enable skin-to-skin contact or to inititate breastfeeding.
Now new research from Australia finds that women who were supported to have skin-to-skin contact DURING their elective caesarean birth (within five minutes of their baby being born):
- Took less time for the first feed (and less time for the first breastfeed)
- Had a positive experience, with improved bonding, less anxiety and depression than with a previous caesarean birth.
The research by Sheedy GM et al., was published in Women and Birth in November 2022
More details about the study are below, plus my take-home message (rant) are below.
- Want to know why skin-to-skin is so important for human health? We’ve just held our first international conference on the infant microbiome aimed specifically at birth/breastfeeding professionals. The conference featured 20+ scientists and maternity…