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What should I do with my baby immediately after he or she is born?

Immediately following delivery, parents, their infants and a significant other should spend time getting to know each other. During this period, your nurse will dry your infant and place the baby skin-to-skin on your chest, allowing for the most intimate and tender contact with your child. Research shows us that early contact between mothers and infants promotes more positive relationships between the two.

Because babies see clearly for about eight to 12 inches, placing your baby on your chest is perfect for both of you to look into loving and precious eyes. Parents naturally touch, hold and cradle their newborn babies. Gentle touch triggers a variety of physiological and emotional responses. Babies are calmed by the gentle touch of loving parents. Touching your baby also promotes a healthy immune system for the newborn. The intensity of your feelings grows deeper as you continue to interact with your baby. This very personal and private time will nurture these loving and unique feelings.
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