Did you have Skin to Skin when your child was born? how long? how was it? Maybe you dont think its that important?

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I did skin to skin with my second born for all of 10-15min

but now that i know the improtance of it, next time around I will make sure its longer.





The Importance of Skin to Skin Contact

by Jack Newman, M.D., FRCPC



There are now a multitude of studies that show that mothers and babies should be together, skin to skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket) immediately after birth, as well as later. The baby is happier, the baby's temperature is more stable and more normal, the baby's heart and breathing rates are more stable and more normal, and the baby's blood sugar is more elevated. Not only that, skin to skin contact immediately after birth allows the baby to be colonized by the same bacteria as the mother. This, plus breastfeeding, are thought to be important in the prevention of allergic diseases. When a baby is put into an incubator, his skin and gut are often colonized by bacteria different from his mother's.



We now know that this is true not only for the baby born at term and in good health, but also even for the premature baby. Skin to skin contact and Kangaroo Mother Care can contribute much to the care of the premature baby. Even babies on oxygen can be cared for skin to skin, and this helps reduce their needs for oxygen, and keeps them more stable in other ways as well.



From the point of view of breastfeeding, babies who are kept skin to skin with the mother immediately after birth for at least an hour, are more likely to latch on without any help and they are more likely to latch on well, especially if the mother did not receive medication during the labour or birth. As mentioned in "Breastfeeding - Starting out Right", a baby who latches on well gets milk more easily than a baby who latches on less well. When a baby latches on well, the mother is less likely to be sore. When a mother's milk is abundant, the baby can take the breast poorly and still get lots of milk, though the feedings may then be long or frequent or both, and the mother is more prone to develop problems such as blocked ducts and mastitis. In the first few days, however, the mother does not have a lot of milk (but she has enough!), and a good latch is important to help the baby get the milk that is available (yes, the milk is there even if someone has "proved" to you with the big pump that there isn't any). If the baby does not latch on well, the mother may be sore, and if the baby does not get milk well, the baby will want to be on the breast for long periods of time worsening the soreness.



To recap, skin to skin contact immediately after birth, which lasts for at least an hour has the following positive effects on the baby:



Are more likely to latch on



Are more likely to latch on well



Have more stable and normal skin temperatures



Have more stable and normal heart rates and blood pressures



Have higher blood sugars



Are less likely to cry



Are more likely to breastfeed exclusively longer



There is no reason that the vast majority of babies cannot be skin to skin with the mother immediately after birth for at least an hour. Hospital routines, such as weighing the baby, should not take precedence.



The baby should be dried off and put on the mother. Nobody should be pushing the baby to do anything; nobody should be trying to help the baby latch on during this time. The mother, of course, may make some attempts to help the baby, and this should not be discouraged. The mother and baby should just be left in peace to enjoy each other's company. (The mother and baby should not be left alone, however, especially if the mother has received medication, and it is important that not only the mother's partner, but also a nurse, midwife, doula or physician stay with them—occasionally, some babies do need medical help and someone qualified should be there "just in case"). The eyedrops and the injection of vitamin K can wait a couple of hours. By the way, immediate skin to skin contact can also be done after cæsarean section, even while the mother is getting stitched up, unless there are medical reasons which prevent it.



Studies have shown that even premature babies, as small as 1200 g (2 lb 10 oz) are more stable metabolically (including the level of their blood sugars) and breathe better if they are skin to skin immediately after birth. The need for an intravenous infusion, oxygen therapy or a nasogastric tube, for example, or all the preceding, does not preclude skin to skin contact. Skin to skin contact is quite compatible with other measures taken to keep the baby healthy. Of course, if the baby is quite sick, the baby's health must not be compromised, but any premature baby who is not suffering from respiratory distress syndrome can be skin to skin with the mother immediately after birth. Indeed, in the premature baby, as in the full term baby, skin to skin contact may decrease rapid breathing into the normal range.



Even if the baby does not latch on during the first hour or two, skin to skin contact is still good and important for the baby and the mother for all the other reasons mentioned.



If the baby does not take the breast right away, do not panic. There is almost never any rush, especially in the full term healthy baby. One of the most harmful approaches to feeding the newborn has been the bizarre notion that babies must feed every three hours. Babies should feed when they show signs of being ready, and keeping a baby next to his mother will make it obvious to her when the baby is ready. There is actually not a stitch of proof that babies must feed every three hours or by any schedule, but based on such a notion, many babies are being pushed into the breast because three hours have passed. The baby not interested yet in feeding may object strenuously, and thus is pushed even more, resulting, in many cases, in babies refusing the breast because we want to make sure they take the breast. And it gets worse. If the baby keeps objecting to being pushed into the breast and gets more and more upset, then the "obvious next step" is to give a supplement. And it is obvious where we are headed (see "When a Baby Refuses to Latch On").

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Sal - posted on 04/08/2011

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christ it is amazing my kids survived at all it seems, yet they did, no i didn;t do skin to skin, i fact when my first was born they tried to pass him to my straight away and i told them to wrap him, i was too squeemish for a blood covered cuddle, this was 15 years ago and i had never heard of skin to skin then, and when the girls were born more recently it wasn't pushed or even suggested, and my kids are all fine, feed well, bonded well, no illnesses to speak of and i don;t think i'd do anything differently if i were to have another baby, i do think sometimes we get so carried away with books articals, experts that we forget that mothering is indivdual and just because we don;t go with the flock we aren't wrong (unless you are endangering the child that is)

Merry - posted on 04/07/2011

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Nope, I had no skin to skin with Eric until a few days after his birth! I felt so cheated and angry I missed out on that bonding and every time I felt angry and frustrated I'd wonder if I just hadn't properly bonded with hum. We did alot of showers together, actually every time he or I needed a shower we did it together. I'd hold him and we would wash up together. Even when he got older we just graduated to baths together. It helps to make up for that lost connection.
Home birth planned in a month or so, and planning on TONS of skin to skin! Should be a much better experience this time around!

Dana - posted on 04/07/2011

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It's so rare for anyone to have the birth experience they were dreaming about. It sucks but, it's one of the first lessons in parenthood! :)

Dana - posted on 04/07/2011

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My son, Ethan, was six weeks early and I had him via C-section so he was whisked right away. I did get to see him and touch him for a second but, after that, I was so sick from the medicine in the epidural that I was violently ill for several hours and couldn't get the the NICU.



After that though, we had tons of "kangaroo care". Every time I went down to the NICU I held him that way and tried to get him to nurse. I think he was close to 2 months before he actually nursed off me but, we went strong until he was 23 months old. He'll be 3 in July and still to this day when he see's me without a shirt on he runs up and asks for a "hug". Then he proceeds to lay his cheek on my chest/top of my boob and says, "aw, it's so nice". lol



Now that I'm pregnant again and am going to nurse the second one, I worry what he'll think about that.

Erin - posted on 04/06/2011

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Sure did. I had her for about 20mins, she was taken across the room for a quick weigh and check, and was back in my arms in under 5mins (where she stayed). Everything else was done while on my chest. My hospital meets the WHO standards of being Baby-Friendly though, so skin-to-skin in this initial phase is normal unless baby requires medical assistance. They do not bathe the baby (Milla had her first bath at 2 days old). I had Milla with me even while having my 3rd degree tear repaired.



Oh and she did do the breast crawl!



The only problem with that is the fact that some hospitals, like the one I went to, lets the mother hold the child for only a couple of minutes and then takes the child and rushes it away to get the birth weight and other tests done



This just irritates the hell out of me (not you personally, Lacye, but this whole mentality). A hospital can't 'let' you hold your new baby. It's your baby! Anything they do needs to be with your consent, not the other way around.

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Marylea - posted on 04/08/2011

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I didn't get to hold my daugther for several days after she was born because she was so premature. And the first time I held her she was all bundled up. They really encouraged skin to skin in the NICU though because of all the benefits it has for the babies. My husband and I did skin to skin with our daughter as often as we could. She wouldn't breast feed though until she came home (about 4 months after birth)

Danielle - posted on 04/08/2011

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I didn't with my son. I had complications and had to have an emergency C-sec. So I was out for a while. He wouldn't breastfeed at all. But with my daughter it was a planned C-sec and I did. As soon as I could get my hands on her I did it lol. I never had a problem with her breastfeeding. I always thought my son wouldn't because they gave him a bottle before I woke up and I gave strict orders that my daughter was not to recieve a bottle..period. I've never thought about skin to skin having something to do with it.

Sarah - posted on 04/08/2011

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I didn't have skin to skin with my eldest, although I did hold her straight away (after a quick clean up). After that though, I didn't see her much at all for the first few days because I was so ill.

With my youngest, I had an emergency C-section. I held her straight away (after a quick clean up) and she was with me pretty much all the time after that. While I was in recovery, not long after the op, I had skin to skin contact then.

Casey - posted on 04/07/2011

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I didn't have any skin on skin contact with my baby until he was more then a day old and then it was for only a few minutes between visitors, I ended up with an emergency c-section and as a result my baby was rushed away from me after only getting to see him for a few seconds, I have no idea why they feel the need to do this as there was nothing at all wrong with him they just thought it was more important to clean him up, dress him and weigh him as result of this I had alot of trouble with bonding with him and I ended up with postnatal depression. I think it's sad that mothers who have a c-section get treated like this and I really think the hospital needs to look into this more cause it's not right.
I am having my second baby in 3 weeks time and I am having a planned c-section and I have just talked to my doctor and hospital staff about all of this and I have been reassured that it won't happen again so fingers crossed cause spending time with your newborn and having skin on skin contact is very important.

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I was in bad shape after gabby was born. I didnt see her until a few hours later because the operation didnt go so smoothly..i wish i could have had that time...however as soon as i seen her we had skin to skin contact and numerous times since then because we are still breast feeding.

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I only had that when I went home. We had her really late at night and I was sooooo exhausted and was throwing up so I didnt get to bond with her. Only after she was born she was on me but it wasnt skin to skin.... =( this baby Im going to have skin to skin as soon as we get home because I think it would be fair to do. since our daughter will be at the hospital with us at night.

Alexis - posted on 04/07/2011

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NO, but not by choice, the doc showed me my son "here he is" and then they took him to the ped ICU for IV's he ended up never needing. My hubby went with him but I didnt get skin to skin until over 24hrs later! I am defiantly not going to a hospital with birth # 2 but that is a whole other thing and for more reasons than just that.

Morgan - posted on 04/07/2011

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I just had to add I remember the feeling when the doctor pulled out my placenta It was worse than giving birth to the baby!,

Vegemite - posted on 04/07/2011

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My first was an emergency c-sec and i couldn't hold him until the spinal had worn off because my arms were numb. My husband did hold him to the breast so he could feed though, so he kind of gave our baby his first feed which is cool.



My second was vbac and the midwives let me deliver him myself and hold him as long as I wanted. I also cut the cord somewhere in that time. I think it was probably half an hour while he fed and my light epi wore off. Then I had a shower and went to our room for more skin to skin cuddles.



Even though i suffered PND with both of them I bonded right away with my second and it took a couple of months to bond with my first. I think skin to skin is very important.

Sacha - posted on 04/07/2011

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I wanted skin to skin but had to wait I needed to be intubated so I was in recovery . Baby was great! I did not get to hold my daughter for about and hour and half . They tried to make my husband give her a bottle but thankfully he declined and I was breastfeeding almost immediately , latching was not an issue for us. I am thankful for that.

Laura - posted on 04/07/2011

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My hospital is great. They put my boys right on me and then told me when ever I was ready they would weigh and measure. And when I finally told them they could get him cleaned up they were like "really? Are you sure? We can wait?" So they really pushed the skin to skin time. I loved my nurses.

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I had a difficult c-section and had to be put under general in the middle of it, and I didn't wake up until hours later. It was horrible to wake up confused and not know where your baby is and whether he's OK.

Thank God my son is healthy and had no problems with breastfeeding. I'm grateful for that. But it wasn't at all the birth experience I was dreaming about...

Becky - posted on 04/07/2011

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Tara, at first I read that your youngest didn't wear a diaper until he was 6 MONTHS old! I thought, Wow, how'd you do that with 6 other kids??! LOL! Then I reread it. :)
With Cole, I had him skin to skin on my chest for 10-15 minutes and then they took him to do the weighing and stuff. Then, because they were stitching me up, I asked the nurses to give him to his dad because I was afraid they'd hurt me and I'd drop him. Silly me. :) So it was half an hour/45 minutes before I held him again, but when I did, it was skin to skin. We made up for it though because he was jaundiced and so we had to stay in the hospital for 4 days and he had to be under the bili lights. I cried when they told me, because I didn't want him isolated in the bassinette, so they brought in a portable light and just put it over my bed and Cole lied skin to skin on my chest, under the lights, for 2 days. Pretty much the only time he was off was when I had to go to the bathroom, a little at night when I tried to sleep (although not long because he hated the bassinette) and once in a while when I needed to get up and stretch my legs. We did a lot of skin to skin at home too.
With Zach, it was about the same right after birth - 10-15 minutes, but then, after they did their weighing and stuff, he came back to me and I breastfed him before anyone else held him. He didn't get as much skin to skin at home though, because I had another little one to worry about too.
Our hospital didn't bath them until they were at least 12 hours old. Something about them needing to regulate their body temperatures first. And they did encourage skin to skin, just not for a long period right away. If we have another, I'm hoping to do a midwife-assissted hospital birth, instead of OB, so hopefully we'll get more skin to skin immediately after the birth.

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Nope. I didn't even get to see (other than a second) 2 out of 3 of my kids until they were 4 hours old. I was too od'ed on my pain meds during/after the first c-section to know ANYTHING that was going on....



One girl was fine, but one needed observation and blow by oxygen. My son also needed observation.

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We continued the skin to skin until Ethan was around 3 months old because it just felt like such an amazing way to bond with him, daddy did skin to skin as well :-)

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I did skin to skin with Ethan, as soon as I pushed him out I took my nightie off and the midwife gave him to me to place on my chest while she prepped the cord for cutting, my hubby cut the cord and then I was given the injection to deliver the placenta, while the placenta was delivered I gave Ethan to my hubby who gave him skin to skin (and nearly blinded him showing him the world - yeah he took our newborn baby to the window to show him the world bless lol). As soon as the placenta was out the midwife helped me walk back to the bed as I laboured on a birthing stool, once I was back on the bed my hubby gave Ethan back to me and we continued our skin to skin for ages (I lost all sense of time gazing at my baby boy).

The doctors had thought I may need an emergency c-section as I was so poorly, so my hubby and I had agreed that if I was unable to give skin to skin due to me being unconcious he would make sure he did it. We also decided that when baby was born the midwife would just place him on me without cleaning or wiping him at all.

Ethan had his vit k injection while he was having his skin to skin with me I don't see why they need to be taken away to do it. He was briefly weighed but was out of my arms (or hubbys) for no more than 3 mins during the first hour after he was born - if not longer. Although the skin to skin didn't help our bf as Ethan never latched.

Minnie - posted on 04/07/2011

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Adelaide and I were nudie together for at least five hours after her birth. We just snuggled in bed. She was carried next to my skin for much of her newborn period.



My first in the hospital- no skin-to-skin contact save what I had to expose to nurse her. And that was after an hour because they had to 'clean' and 'measure' her in the nursery. :(

Tara - posted on 04/07/2011

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Wow after reading some of the replies I'm surprised by the number of normal healthy deliveries that ended up with little skin to skin and having the baby whisked off to be weighed etc. pretty quickly.
Even with my first almost 18 years ago, I told them up front they could not take him from me unless there was a medical issue, I told them he wouldn't be weighed until after I had had as much time as I wanted with him. I told them not to bathe him. I also told them if they tried to do any of those things I would have the media on their asses so fast. I was only 19 but I knew what I wanted and had he been due two months later than he was I would have had a homebirth with a midwife, but at that time they were not yet covered by health canada.

With my last baby, Steve caught him as I delivered on the birthing stool in our room. The midwives were right there, I then took him from Steve, stood up and got on the bed with his naked still attached body against my chest, we laid down and the midwives put warmed towels over us. After a few minutes they thought his breathing sounded a little wet and wanted to suction him so they got their little bulb syringe and laid him beside me, after he was suctioned one midwife thought he should be put on oxygen for a few minutes because he seemed like he was having some trouble breathing, the other one and I said "no just give him to mom" and so I put him back on my chest, she sat there with her stethoscope and listened to his breathing on his back. Within about a minute his breathing sounded fine, his colour was fine, and his heart rate was normal.
He stayed on me naked until I wanted to shower and then Steve laid him on his naked chest.
The kid didn't even wear a diaper until he was about 6 hours old! He was just naked on us the whole time.
With a little swatch of flannel tucked between his legs. lol

Tara - posted on 04/07/2011

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I did with all of them. And after researching skin to skin contact and kangaroo care and the benefits realized with both practises I am a strong advocate for both.
Here's another link that supports the concept very well.
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_li...

Again, for me this all goes back to biology, we are animals and other animals do not separate their new offspring from themselves the way humans do. When we parent instinctively we encourage nature to do what it is programmed to do.
To me it has always made sense to "be a monkey" lol.
And skin to skin contact is a very basic primal act seen in almost every mammalian species. It is the foundation of sensory experiences.

Celeste - posted on 04/07/2011

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Unfortunately, no. I had twin boys at 34 weeks via c/s and they were whisked away after their birth



However, skin to skin helped salvage our breastfeeding relationship! One of my boys developed nipple confusion thanks to being given a bottle in the hospital. He refused to latch.



But, we did tons of skin to skin and I believe that helped him latch. After 2 months, both twins were exclusively breastfed..

April - posted on 04/07/2011

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I wish i had had that chance. As soon as i gave birth they took my daughter away, cleaned her up then wrapped her in a blanket. They showed her to me for less then a minute (they didn't let me hold her at all) and then took her away :( i was only able to hold her when we both left the hospital the following day :( Same with my son (except afterwards i was able to be next to him while i rested). I'm jealous all you ladies got such a wonderful opportunity.

Krista - posted on 04/07/2011

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I was skin-to-skin with Sam immediately after birth for a few minutes, and then they took him quickly to be weighed and measured and gave him a quick wipe-down (not a full bath, and he was just across the room), and then they gave him back again. So we were skin-to-skin for about an hour or so after he was born. After that, he had to go in his bassinet, because I was passing out from sheer exhaustion by this point (it was 1am, I'd been awake since 5 am the previous morning, and my labour had been HARD.)

Mel - posted on 04/07/2011

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that happens aslot Jessica! Those stories make me cry so amazing, in the magazines those tiny little babies who start breathing agian because they are with their mother. Its awesome

Jessica - posted on 04/07/2011

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I did this with my 2 month old and I LOVED it. I had him in a freestanding birth center, and they just put him right on my chest/belly and covered us with towels and blankets. It was so awesome to be able to hold him right away and look at him. They delayed messing with him and even weighing him until an hour or two later. He had no problems latching on within the first half hour or so.

With my older son, in the hospital, when he was born they showed him to me for like a split second, then whisked him away to clean him off and weigh him and whatever else they do to babies in the hospital- I got him back 20 minutes later all wrapped up. He also had no problems latching, but it felt a lot more impersonal and I felt cheated.

I always wondered why they don't just give the babies to moms right away in the hospital, why they have to mess with them first. Why they put them in an incubator instead of doing skin to skin with blankets with mom. I remember a while back the story of the baby who was stillborn (I think he was premature) and they tried and tried to get him to breath but he wouldn't. They pronounced him dead, and the mother asked to hold him for a while anyway. She put him skin to skin on her chest. After a few minutes he started breathing! He ended up being ok!

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My first never looked to be fed.She would not latch and became yellow.I was told to still b/f her.She got blood in her nappy and the midwife was snappy with me and told me when do i feed her and for how long.I told her the baby won't feed or look to be fed.Again i was told to keep trying with the breast feeding.



When i saw on day 2 her colour was getting worse and the blood in the nappy.I went and got a bottle.She had no problem sucking the bottle teat.For a new baby she drank the full 3oz of milk.I got dirty looks from the midwife on the way back to my baby with the bottles.(which i thought was quiet sad really)



I knew she was hungery.I knew when i had my second, there was a big problem with my first looking back,because the second baby took to my breast excellent and drank for 5mins.She fed every 2-3 hrs.She was great with the b/f up until i stopped.

Mel - posted on 04/07/2011

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I never really got the chance, except when they wee first born. First bbay straight away, second, after a short period of time after she was given oxygen. We wanted to justnever really got chance to get them all undressed and do it.

about your last paragragh your exactly right, I learnt, the hard way, waking my baby up who was too tired and completely unready to feed after their 3-4 hour point. Really the bbay wont feed until the are hungry so its stupid to make them do it because it doenst work. Then again many midwives have different views. On the same night one told me leave her 3 hours at niht, one said 4, then the last one said 6. I choose to go by 6, and she woke after 5.5 hours on day 1.

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Skin to skin on my first.It was amazing and i tried to b/f her but she just wanted to stare at my face instead.It really was amazing.

Second babygirl.She was e/c-sectioned.She was all wrapped up in a green blanket,and put on my chest.Her little face is all i saw.It was the most beautiful face i ever saw.

She was taken then and i saw her over an hour later.Screaming to be b/f.I had no choice over how she came into the world, im just happy she was born alive and healthy.I still bonded dispite not holding her for a while after.It felt like hours to me.Shes 2 now.I made up for it.I haven't put her down since lol.I think she was less fussy because i didn't hold her for a while after birth.I then fed and put her down as i was so sore.She loved just sitting in her rocker chair as a baby and was content, didn't like being held to much in fact.:-)

Pia - posted on 04/07/2011

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With my son I had none because he wasn't breathing...so obviously he had to be taken away from me. I didnt even get to see him until five hours later.
With Freya I had about 2 hours, and I wish I could have had it with Anders because it was such an amazing bonding time. I vaguely remember thinking I was hogging her and offering her to my partner, but my midwife wouldn't let her!!

Charlie - posted on 04/07/2011

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My hospital insisted , I insisted , I then insisted after and hour and a half of skin to skin that my partner Jamie get to have skin to skin for the same period of time so shirt off they did they didnt take him away until we were good and ready , our first was born with an agpar of 3 and needed rescusitation but as soon as he had returned to an agpar score of 9 he was on my chest and then my partners for as long as we wanted too .


My hospital didnt even want to wash ( quick wipe of the chunky stuf ) the natural smells off the baby until at least day three as familiar smell is very important to a newborn .

Stifler's - posted on 04/06/2011

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I couldn't have cared less at the time really. I was standing up after giving birth standing. So I needed to sit down and they needed to cut the cord and they didn't weigh him until after he'd had a bath and I remember Tamara sticking around until 4am to hear the weight and measurements.

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With my newest daughter (now 10 months), she was skin to skin with me for a little over an hour, then they weigherd her real quick, maybe 30 seconds and went skin to skin again. She stayed that way for several hours, then I bathed her myself while I was taking a bath. I held her in my arms or lap unless some one else was holding her, like Dad or big bro/sis, until we left the hospital and then she had to go in the car seat.

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We had complications so I didn't even get to hold him for about 20 minutes after he was born. He is 2 and I am still kind of weepy about it. I so wish we could have had that time.

Stifler's - posted on 04/06/2011

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For like 2 seconds. It felt like 2 seconds anyway! Then they took him and cleaned him up and I had a shower.

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I had skin to skin with Jacob for probably about 10 minutes. Then I started to deliver the placenta, so they took him and cleaned him up and did all the weighing and measuring. My husband was with him for that part. After they brought him back to me though, I noticed from only a few hours old that he didn't like to be swaddled at all. So once I got to my room and had him with me, I basically took him down to his diaper and took my shirt off and just had him skin on skin the whole rest of the time I was in the hospital. We continued that way long after we got home....however, it didn't help with breast feeding. I just did it because it felt right, natural, to have him so close.

And Heather....not only do I remember delivering the placenta, I actually asked them to hold it up so I could look at it. They asked if I wanted to hold it but I was good just looking lol It was actually kinda neat looking.

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At the hospital, they never took him out of the room they did everything in there, so I could see everything, but they did take him off to measure him and weigh him…..ect

Lady Heather - posted on 04/06/2011

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Yeah, the hospital here is pro skin to skin as well. Freja wasn't bathed until many many hours after she was born. She wasn't even wiped off or anything. Her little hat was all gross. Haha. They wanted her on me, under the blanket and warming up. That's a lot cozier for the little ones than a blanket alone.

As an aside - am I the only woman in the world who has no idea when or how her placenta came out? Thank god. I didn't have any interest in seeing "the kitchen" (that's what my husband called it).

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Yes. She was on me from the moment of birth until just after I delivered the placenta. I hemorrhaged very badly, so they took her to wipe her down, weigh and measure her. Then they had my husband sit in a chair next to the bed with his shirt off and hold her. As soon as they'd fixed me up, she was put back on my chest and stayed there until I was well enough to get up and shower off about 6 hours later. She latched very well.

If I have another child, I'd love the opportunity to have the baby try the whole breast crawl.

Everyone I know here had a fair amount of post-birth skin to skin. Even the ladies who had c-sections. It's a big thing and very encouraged in our hospitals. They do not bathe them right away and often do all the measurements while you hold them. They even have special scales they can bring beside the bed so the baby is just out of your arms for a moment.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/06/2011

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Yeah, I had her lying right on me for a good 2-3 hours. I tried breastfeeding as soon as my stitches were done. That was probably the best time of my entire life, but it sure didn't help us in the breastfeeding area. Ha. She just never latched. My midwife is a breastfeeding guru and she told me I was only her second mum to not be able to do it. :( Still wouldn't trade that time with her for anything.

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That is kinda interesting. The only problem with that is the fact that some hospitals, like the one I went to, lets the mother hold the child for only a couple of minutes and then takes the child and rushes it away to get the birth weight and other tests done. I would have loved to have sat there and held my baby girl for that long. It would have been so nice. As it was, my sister had to calmly talk me into handing my baby over to the nurse because when the nurse reached for her she got the death look. lol

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