This gorgeous photo capturing the beauty and benefits of skin-to-skin contact with newborn babies has melted our hearts.
The photo shows a tender moment as the babies’ big brother and dad both snuggle in a hospital bed, to give skin-to-skin contact to the latest additions to their family, newborn twin babies.
It’s a real celebration of family and the love that bonds families together. It was posted on NINO (Neuroscience for Improved Neonatal Outcomes) Birth’s Facebok page with the caption:
‘Skin to Skin Contact is not “new”, but Sweden certainly leads the way in making this care family-friendly even for very tiny babies.
I love this picture of big brother helping his dad care for the twins!!’
Both the newborn twins looks so peaceful as they enjoy nestling against warm skin and the looks on the faces of both dad and son are just wonderful – they look so content.
NINO Birth went on to explain the benefits of skin-to-skin contact for even very tiny babies:
‘A Swedish Professor, Uwe Ewald, came to Hvidovre hospital (Denmark) to talk about his revolutionary practice, where even very small premature babies are taken out of the incubator to be skin-to-skin with their parents as much as possible. Premature babies, born three months prematurely, are put on the parent’s chest instead of alone in an incubator.
Uwe Ewald points out that the parent’s chest regulates the temperature better than an incubator. Skin to skin contact helps the baby to breathe better. The child becomes more calm and gains weight faster. Research shows that parents’ bacterial flora – compared with hospital bacteria – reduces the risk of serious infections in these delicate children.’
Did you enjoy skin-to-skin cuddles immediately after your baby was born?