Medwatch-Skin-to-skin contact with baby

Medwatch-Skin-to-skin contact with baby

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -The first hours of a newborn's life are some of the most precious, but for new parents it can also bring a lot of questions.

Comanche County Memorial Hospital doesn't want you to worry, and they have some tips to help you and your baby feel comfortable.

Transitioning your baby from living inside the womb to life in the outside world is possibly one of the most important things you can do as a new parent. Comanche County Memorial Hospital says skin-to-skin contact will make that transition a little bit easier.

"Those are the first hours of the baby's life, physiologically all of the things that baby has to do is very hard and very taxing on baby, but not is it just important for the baby, it's important for mom that first hour of birth and having baby skin-to-skin and just learning who your baby is," said Paula Griffith, manager of Women and Children's Services.

Griffith says the skin-to-skin technique is important to do within the baby's first hour of life. She says it's actually the most natural way to bring a new born into the world.

"The goal is that baby is going to go right from birth to the chest. If you have a well baby, there is absolutely nothing that we can't do just right there with mom, so any procedures, foot prints anything we can do just right there, there's no reason for mom to be separated from baby," Griffith said.

Griffith says using the skin to skin method not only makes the baby feel safe, but it creates an instant bond for everyone.

"You just learn who your baby is and learn to bond with your new baby and it's the beginning of that new life and that new family unit," Griffith said.

If you would like more information on what Comanche County Memorial Hospital has to offer for both mom and baby, you can call the Infant Resource Center at 580-250-5253.

In other health news, the Southwest Oklahoma Amputee Program will meet Thursday, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. in the Jim Thorpe Rehab Dayroom. The support group is open to anyone with an amputation. For more information, call 580-353-9414.

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