Golden Hour

Monday, November 21, 2016

In the past, a new mom would watch her baby be handed to a nurse who would examine and weigh the child, clean him up, give him his Vitamin K shot, put on a diaper and swaddle him in a blanket. After all the waiting, the new parents would finally get to hold their new baby. Things are much different now, as Dr. Edward Hill tells us in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

After nine months of waiting, the Golden Hour after a babys birth is magical. Its the parents first time to hold their baby and get acquainted as a family.

For this reason, many hospitals allow new families that first hour alone together without interruption. During that first houras well as the hours and days to followdoctors encourage skin-to-skin contact with nothing but a diaper between the baby and mother. Studies show that the mother-child bond is critical for the childs growth and development.

When Moms and babies spend skin-to-skin time together, the baby becomes calmer, stays warmer, cries less and maintains a more stable blood sugar. These babies also breastfeed sooner, longer and more easily.

Skin-to-skin contact benefits Mom too by helping them stay calmer and have more confidence. Spending this time together also increases her production of breast milk.

Mothers who have a Cesarean section can observe the Golden Hour too, once they are alert after surgery and if the baby is stable.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.