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Raylene M. Phillips

Raylene M. Phillips

Loma Linda University School of Medicine, USA

Title: The Sacred Hour: Uninterrupted Skin to Skin Immediately after Birth

Biography

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Abstract

Objectives: 1) Describe five benefits of early postpartum skin-to-skin contact for both mother and baby 2) List nine instinctive stages newborns display that lead to the first breastfeeding 3) Describe four practical ways to change the culture of early skin-to-skin contact after vaginal and cesarean births to increase breastfeeding rates Outline: A: Five benefits of early postpartum skin-to-skin contact 1) Improves physiologic stability for mother and baby 2) Increases maternal attachment behaviors 3) Protects baby from negative effect of separation 4) Supports optimal infant brain development 5) Increases breastfeeding rates and duration B: Nine instinctive stages of newborn behavior when skin to skin with mother that lead to breastfeeding: 1) Birth cry, 2) Relaxation, 3) Awakening, 4) Activity, 5) Resting, 6) Crawling, 7) Familiarization, 8) Suckling, 9) Sleep C: Four practical ways to change the culture of early skin-to-skin contact to increase breastfeeding rates: 1) Educate staff 2) Change protocols 3) Engage families 4) Benchmark success