Soon after birth, babies use their senses to get to know you and begin to recognize your scent. Infants feel safest when they can feel, hear and smell their mothers, and being near you makes it easier for your newborn to adapt to life outside the womb. Twenty-four hour rooming in provides a natural environment for mom and dad/support person to bond with baby through skin-to skin contact, which occurs immediately after delivery and throughout your hospital stay. Benefits of skin-to-skin care:

  • Stabilizes temperature, heart rate, breathing and blood sugar levels
  • Promotes increased milk production and longer breastfeeding
  • Allows your newborn to show you hunger cues
  • Decreases newborn stress so your baby cries less
  • Promotes confidence in caring for your baby