The special connection between you and your baby begins long before birth.

Skin-to-Skin bonding for at least one hour immediately after birth enhances that connection and offers many benefits to both you and your baby. Women's & Children's Hospital, a proven leader in obstetrical and pediatric services for more than 30 years, continues its long-standing tradition of making your initial face-to-face meeting memorable with services like Skin-to-Skin bonding.

What is Skin-to-Skin? It’s a special way for you to hold your baby immediately after birth. Your baby, wearing only a diaper and a hat, is placed directly on your chest and covered with two receiving blankets for at least an hour. You and your significant other are encouraged to enjoy this experience as often as desired while in the hospital and once you return home.

Why Skin-to-Skin?

  • Keeps your baby warm being “skin-to-skin” with you.
  • Your baby will hear your voice and heartbeat, helping to calm the baby.
  • Paces heart rate and breathing.
  • Increases your confidence as a mom.
  • Provides the time you need to get to know your baby.
  • Decreases the risk of infection. Your baby will not become ill as often during the first six months.
  • Baby cries less.
  • Speeds up your recovery time after child birth.
  • Enhances breastfeeding success. Your baby may take the first feeding of mother’s milk, the best care, during this special time. You will produce more breast milk.
  • Feeding on demand increases, resulting in better weight gain and stable blood sugar for your baby.
  • Your baby will feel less pain when held skin-to-skin for shots and other stressful events.
  • Stimulates your baby’s brain development.
  • Your baby transitions from being inside of you to the outside world more easily by being close to you, hearing your heartbeat and your voice, and feeling your touch.

So, let’s get started! Let your caregiver in the delivery room know you are interested in Skin-to-Skin bonding, also called Kangaroo Care. Understand, there may be medical reasons why your baby is unable to participate in Skin-to-Skin bonding immediately after birth. Your caregiver will review these with you.