Skin to Skin Contact Immediately After Cesarean: Benefits to Mom and Baby

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Skin to Skin Contact Immediately after Cesarean: Benefits to Mom and Baby Stacie Nichols Chamberlain College of Nursing NR 451: Capstone Course Professor Swartzwelder August 6, 2012 Introduction: Kangaroo care is defined as the way of “holding a preterm or full term infant so that there is skin-to-skin contact between the infant and the person holding it. The baby, wearing only a…show more content…
This would apply to all babies allowed to do skin to skin contact and not just premature babies. The benefits to mom are “enhanced maternal-infant attachment & bonding increased maternal self-confidence, increased maternal affectionate behavior, enhanced relaxation and experience less anxiety, less breast engorgement, and more rapid involution (uterus returning to pre-pregnant size)” (, 2006). These benefits could be shown to the OB and Pediatric providers during their monthly meeting and also how improving a mother’s birth experience could raise hospital scores which can improve reimbursement rates in the future. For the nursing staff in the OR and the Anesthesiology team it is a matter of showing them that they can still do their jobs without the skin to skin contact causing major disruptions. The best way to do this is to come up with a protocol and discuss in staff meeting and then have a “mock cesarean surgery” to show how it would work if the protocol was to be implemented. This allows the nurses and doctors a way to see it in action and how it would impact their job duties while in the OR. Step 3: Synthesize the Best Evidence There has been some research to look at skin to skin contact after cesarean birth. One study found “the effectiveness of

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