For decades we’ve known that skin-to-skin can be life-saving for premature and sick babies.
Being held skin-to-skin and heart-to-heart is known to have many physical benefits for all babies and their mothers in the early days of life and beyond.
In addition to physical benefits, skin-to-skin care facilitates the process of becoming a mother in ways we don’t consciously recognize, but the biopsychosocial process is well documented and complex. Fathers and other family members can benefit from skin-to-skin too, as they also experience an increase in the hormones involved in human bonding.
Being closely held facilitates the beginning development of the baby’s social and emotional intelligence, a process that will continue for years.
This video by Dr. Nils Bergman is a lovely introduction to the importance of skin-to-skin contact.
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