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Will my baby be aware of me immediately after he or she has been born?

During the first hour of life, a healthy baby shows a high level of alertness and an ability to interact with parents. The baby recognizes the parents’ voices and smell. This time is ideal for the baby to be introduced to the parents with snuggling and breastfeeding. This time, also known as “familiarization,” calms the baby after birth and enhances the bonding (attachment) of parents with their baby. The first hour after a baby’s birth is ideally reserved for the baby and parents to get to know each other.
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