Episode 8 - The remarkable powers of skin-to-skin contact
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 skin to skin contact (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.
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Avril's reccomended resources on skin-to-skin contact for healthcare professionals
- The nine stages of skin-to-skin. Practical guidelines and insights from four countries
- Revisiting the roots of attachment: A review of the biological and psychological effects of maternal skin-to-skin contact and carrying of full-term infants
- Early skin‐to‐skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants. A Cochrane review
- Physiology of Stress and Use of Skin-to-Skin Care as a Stress-Reducing Intervention in the NICU