Immediately after birth, your healthy newborn baby is placed on your chest between your breasts, bare skin to bare skin. You and your baby will be covered with 2 blankets. You baby will wear a hat and diaper. Your baby may want to suckle and begin breastfeeding while in this position. An experienced nurse or breastfeeding consultant will be with you to assist and explain. Skin to skin is good for breastfeeding, bonding and the body temperature of your baby.
- doing the first physical checks of the newborn while he or she is on the mother's chest
- delay weighing, measuring, bathing or blood tests on the newborn until after the first hour or the first breastfeeding
- the newborn stays with the mother throughout her recovery period, whether that be after a C-section or a vaginal delivery
- a nurse or a breastfeeding consultant will help supervise throughout the entire golden hour in case the mother gets too sleepy and to monitor the mom and baby's safety