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Skin to Skin Bonding

At Sanford Hospital Vermillion, OB trained nursing staff are present at the time of delivery to provide immediate support and instruction for you and your baby.  Skin-to-skin means your baby is placed belly down, directly on your chest right after birth.  The first hours of snuggling skin-to-skin let you and your baby get to know life in the outside world. 

Compared with babies who are swaddled or kept in a crib, skin-to-skin babies stay warmer and calmer, cry less and have better blood sugars.

Snuggling gives you and your baby the best start for breastfeeding.  Keeping your baby skin-to-skin in the first few weeks makes it easy to know when to feed your baby, especially if they are a little sleepy.

This is an important time for fathers as well.  If you are too fatigued or otherwise indisposed, the skin-to-skin experience between father and baby is equally as beneficial.