Skin-to-skin time means holding your baby naked or dressed only in a nappy against your skin, usually under your top or under a blanket. It is a very special time that lays the foundations for strong parent-baby relationships. You are encouraged to do this immediately after your baby is born, or as soon as it is safe to do so. It is recommended that a baby has skin-to-skin time with their mother first, but partners can also enjoy skin-to-skin time later on.
Skin-to-skin time with your baby:
During your pregnancy, speak to your midwife about the benefits of skin-to-skin time and how to position your baby safely during this special time.
The position of your baby during skin-to-skin is important and once you have had your baby you will be supported to ensure that:
You should also speak to your midwife about: