Skin-to-skin contact after birth, where the baby lays naked against the mother or father’s skin, helps stabilise the baby’s temperature, heart and breathing rates and allows the baby to settle more easily.
Skin-to-skin contact is valuable for all babies throughout the early months of life and is something that all members of the family can do
Skin-to-skin contact is especially good for premature babies. Even babies on oxygen can be cared for skin-to-skin, which helps keep them more stable and reduce the need for extra oxygen.
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