No matter what type of birth you have, the most important thing after your baby is born is that you get skin to skin with your baby. Skin to skin means that your baby is not swaddled or clothed, and their bare skin is placed belly down against your bare chest. Being skin to skin stabilizes your baby’s heart rate, breathing, and temperature, and reduces stress in both you and your baby. It also increases your interactions with your baby and increases the likelihood and length of breastfeeding. This episode dives into the evidence on skin to skin contact with your baby after birth, the logistics of how it works with any birth, and tips for your partner.

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