Skin to Skin BondingAt 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.