The touching skin-to-skin photo melting hearts and raising awareness

There’s nothing like that first moment when you get to touch your new baby. For some babies, having skin-to-skin contact is not just for bonding, but can actually save a life. Come and see the photo that has got the world talking about the power of touch.

Nothing is sweeter than a father bonding with his newborn baby, except perhaps when he has a mini-me doing the exact same thing with his sibling.

Skin to Skin Contact is not "new",but Sweden certainly leads the way in making this care family -friendly even for very…

Posted by NINO Birth on Saturday, 14 May 2016

Although the photo, which shows a new father holding his premature child to his chest while his older son does the same pose with the other twin, is nearly a year old, it was recently re-posted on the NINO Birth Facebook page.

The post acts as a much-needed reminder about the importance of skin to skin contact in infants which has been suggested to help with weight gain and breathing, especially with premmies. Accompanying the photo is an explanation about the benefits of skin to skin contact as discussed by Swedish Professor Uwe Ewald.

Premature babies, born three months prematurely, are put on the parent’s chest instead of alone in an incubator,” the Facebook post explains.

“Uwe Ewald points out that the parent’s chest regulates the temperature better than an incubator. Skin to skin contact helps the baby to breathe better. The child becomes more calm and gains weight faster. Research shows that parents’ bacterial flora – compared with hospital bacteria – reduces the risk of serious infections in these delicate children.”

One of the fondest memories of my son as a newborn is the first time he was placed naked on my bare chest – to feel his soft skin against mine, his tiny body move up and down as he breathed, this was such a beautiful moment and an equally amazing memory.

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Fans of Grey’s Anatomy might also remember the touching episode back in 2009 when Dr Alex Karev sat in a chair all night holding a premmie baby girl against his skin in a bid to save the baby’s very fragile life.

This Facebook photograph acts as a powerful reminder of just how important skin-to-skin contact can be, especially for young babies..

(via Facebook)

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