The remarkable powers of skin-to-skin contact

Season 1, Episode 8,  Dec 08, 2020, 09:47 AM

The Beat podcast is designed for healthcare professionals and is brought to you by Nutricia. Skin-to-skin contact (SSC) straight after birth can naturally regulate a baby's temperature, heart rate and breathing, as well as elevate their blood sugar, which is essential for their energy supplies. The power of this bonding moment is remarkable but this natural act is often only reserved for new mum’s straight after birth, because of the breastfeeding benefits it delivers and the connection it can help establish between mother and baby. In the latest episode of The Beat podcast, Avril, a Midwife, Childbirth Educator and Hypnobirthing practitioner, talks to a father of an seven month old baby about the wider benefits of SSC; including how SSC can help an infant’s gut microbiome and immune system, and why all parents and caregivers should be encouraged to have SSC time with their newborn, at the hospital and at home.

The Beat podcast is designed for healthcare professionals and is brought to you by Nutricia. 

Skin-to-skin contact (SSC) straight after birth can naturally regulate a baby's temperature, heart rate and breathing, as well as elevate their blood sugar, which is essential for their energy supplies. The power of this bonding moment is remarkable but this natural act is often only reserved for new mum’s straight after birth, because of the breastfeeding benefits it delivers and the connection it can help establish between mother and baby. In the latest episode of The Beat podcast, Avril, a Midwife, Childbirth Educator and Hypnobirthing practitioner, talks to a father of an seven month old baby  about the wider benefits of SSC; including how SSC can help an infant’s gut microbiome and immune system, and why all parents and caregivers should be encouraged to have SSC time with their newborn, at the hospital and at home.