Skin to Skin

Skin-to-skin contact is an intervention describing an activity whereby a baby is positioned next to the mother, without any barrier between them, commencing shortly after birth. 

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Course Description

Introduction

Skin-to-skin contact is an intervention describing an activity whereby a baby is positioned next to the mother, without any barrier between them, commencing shortly after birth. Skin-to-skin contact has many benefits for mothers, babies and families, and is currently recommended as part of the Baby Friendly Initiative and in recognised national quality standards (UNICEF BFI; National institute of Health and Care Excellence [NICE] 2017). Early and ongoing skin contact helps the baby to transition to extra-uterine life, initiate breastfeeding, and sustain close and loving relationships (Chaparro and Lutter 2009; Mason et al 2013).

The immediate benefits of skin contact for the baby at birth include:

  • Improved cardio-respiratory stability
  • Enhanced temperature control
  • Better maintenance of blood glucose
  • Reduced stress (Moore et al 2016; Saloojee 2008)

Ongoing benefits for the baby, mother and family include:

  • Increased interaction, responsiveness and attachment
  • Prolonged breastfeeding

Module aims and objectives

In this module we aim to improve your knowledge of the benefits of skin contact and increase the facilitation of skin-to-skin contact at birth and beyond. The evidence, values and practice recommendations to support skin contact are outlined.

By the end of this e-learning module you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic physiology of skin-to-skin contact and how it helps to promote close and loving relationships and breastfeeding initiation
  • Consider the importance of offering and supporting skin-to-skin contact for all mothers and babies
  •  Reflect on tips for practice, including ways to support colleagues to implement pathways of care for skin-to-skin contact in all birth settings

Linking keywords/topics

Skin-to-skin, physiology, birth environment, oxytocin, childbirth, relationships, breastfeeding:

Curriculum

  • Module
    • Course Objectives
      • Video
      • References and further reading
      • Activities
      • Question 1
      • Question 2
      • Question 3
      • Question 4
      • Question 5
      • Question 6
      • Question 7
      • Question 8
      • Question 9
      • Question 10

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