Giving Birth Back to Mothers and Babies

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Abstract

Skin-to-skin contact provides many benefits to healthy term infants, including thermoregulation, analgesia, mother-infant interaction, opportunity for breastfeeding and transition to extrauterine life. Yet there are many barriers to providing skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. Nurses, in collaboration with other health care professionals, are in a unique position to adjust practices and policies to allow for skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, thereby improving the birth experience for parents and newborns.

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