Bubs get very best start

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

MID­WIVES at West­mead Hos­pi­tal are en­sur­ing ba­bies born by cae­sarean are bond­ing as soon as pos­si­ble with their mother un­der a new ma­ter­nity pro­gram.

Skin-to-skin con­tact be­tween a mother and baby is a vi­tal time to help the in­fant adapt at birth, es­pe­cially to breast­feed­ing.

But ba­bies de­liv­ered through a cae­sarean sec­tion missed out on im­me­di­ate breast­feed­ing, un­til West­mead Hos­pi­tal started a spe­cial pro­gram to give the in­fants the same start as those born nor­mally.

Pro­ject lead, clin­i­cal mid­wife con­sul­tant Gwen Moody, said within five min­utes of the baby be­ing de­liv­ered, the bub was placed on the mother’s chest.

“A skin-to-skin mid­wife re­mains with the mother when she is moved to re­cov­ery, where the first breast­feed can take place,” Ms Moody said. “It is nat­u­ral for a new­born to look for their mother’s breast, and skinto-skin con­tact pro­motes this in­stinct.”

Pre­vi­ously, women who un­der­went a cae­sarean were sep­a­rated from their baby for up to two hours.

West­mead Hos­pi­tal de­liv­ers more than 5300 ba­bies each year. Of these, 27 per cent are through cae­sarean sec­tion. Ms Moody said about 1400 cae­sarean bubs would be able to breast­feed within the first hour.

“The first 60 min­utes of life out­side the womb is a spe­cial time when a baby meets his or her par­ents and a fam­ily is formed,’’ she said.

Skin-to-skin pro­motes greater res­pi­ra­tory, tem­per­a­ture, and glu­cose sta­bil­ity and sig­nif­i­cantly less cry­ing, in­di­cat­ing de­creased stress.

Moth­ers who hold new­borns skinto-skin af­ter birth have in­creased ma­ter­nal be­hav­iour, show more con­fi­dence in car­ing for their ba­bies and breast­feed for longer du­ra­tions.

Layla Mor­ris with baby Emilia Kate and mid­wife Lyda Hamid at West­mead

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