Your babies first moments of life
Their Skin will start to become pink as they start to breathe - which is about a minute after birth. Your baby’s hands and feet may still appear blueish for several hours.
Skin to Skin Contact
After a vaginal birth, your newborn baby will be put on your chest for skin-to-skin contact. Your baby needs sleep and food, and they need to feel secure and warm, so they need to feel your skin.
- Reduces newborn crying
- Helps to start and sustan breast feeding
- Helps maintain your babys body temperature
After this first contact, they will be weighed, measured and observed to make sure they are healthy. If you have a caesearean section, ask your midwife to make sure your baby has skin-to-skin contact with you as early as possible. It may be possible for you or your partner to hold your baby-skin-to skin in theatre and in recovery.