Assumption: Mother and baby having skin to skin contact following birth is a good thing for both.
1,925 women and babies were studied. Positive results include breastfeeding initiation and duration, attachment behaviors in moms, less crying in infants, and greater cardio-respiratory stability in pre-term infants. No adverse effects were seen.
As a mom I know the great peace I felt holding my babies immediately after birth. I believe this is something that both moms and babies crave. I don’t want to discount the dads in this either, though. Although they were not part of these studies, I know that holding a newborn skin to skin provides a connected and warm feeling for dads when mom is unavailable due to stitching, recovery, etc. There is nothing sweeter than the feel of a newborn’s soft skin and no more comforting place for baby to be than against mom or dad’s skin, listening to a heartbeat. I love it when scientific studies tell us what we intuitively knew!