Amazing Benefits of Skin-to-Skin with a Newborn

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“The skin, the largest organ in the human body, is very rich with nerve endings. At the time when baby is making the transition to air breathing, and the initial breathing patterns are very irregular, stroking stimulates the newborn to breathe more rhythmically–the therapeutic value of a parent’s touch.” – Dr. Sears

Did you know that skin-to-skin immediately after birth is greatly beneficial to both baby and mother? Baby’s are more likely to latch well, maintain their body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and have normal blood pressure, and blood sugar. They’re less likely to cry, and more likely to breastfeed exclusively, and longer. That intoxicating, wonderful smell of a newborn helps mum (+ dad) to bond deeply with baby. It releases oxytocin, which contracts a mother’s uterus, stimulates prolactin (the milk-making hormone), and helps mum to feel connected and close to baby.

Fearfully and wonderfully made, indeed! I watched a video recently in which a baby, after being pronounced dead, “comes back to life” when a mother holds him skin-to-skin.  (Watch it here if you are interested — it’s an amazing story about how God preserves a little life.)

Did you get to be skin-to-skin with your baby after your birth(s)?

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  • What an amazing christian blog about birth motherhood. I loved this quote, “The skin, the largest organ in the human body, is very rich with nerve endings. At the time when baby is making the transition to air breathing, and the initial breathing patterns are very irregular, stroking stimulates the newborn to breathe more rhythmically–the therapeutic value of a parent’s touch.” – Dr. SearsReplyCancel

  • Andrea Brittingham

    Such a sweet Christian blog about birth and motherhood! I love your watercolor logo and refreshing color schemes. Having not been blessed with motherhood yet myself, I’ll definitely keep this information in mind in the future. I’m always one to keep things as natural as possible!ReplyCancel

  • Yes! I did get skin to skin. All three babies. This is beautiful and I love that story!!ReplyCancel

    • thebirthgarden

      Thank you, Stephanie! Glad to hear.ReplyCancel

  • What a great christian blog about motherhood – thanks for sharing this info. Beautiful images as well!ReplyCancel

  • […] Gives mother and baby some time to bond, (preferably, whilst skin-to-skin). Since baby is still attached to the placenta, this prevents baby from being taken away from the […]ReplyCancel

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