The Golden Hour is the first time parents and baby spend together as a family. It is the time for introductions; the first “oohs and aahs” and the counting of fingers and toes. This bonding time for you and your baby is a once-in-a-lifetime event and needs to be celebrated!
We want to give you and your baby that first hour together, uninterrupted, so you can get to know each other. We know you want to introduce your family and friends to your baby and we encourage you to welcome them after you have had this time alone.
Studies show that the mother-child bond is critical for your baby’s ongoing growth and development. We are promoting skin-to-skin contact in the first hour of your baby’s life, as well as the hours and days to follow, to help the two of you get to know each other.
Benefits for Baby
- Stays warmer
- Becomes calmer, cries less
- Maintains more stable blood sugar
- Breastfeeds sooner, longer and more easily
Benefits for Mother
- Stays calmer, boosts confidence
- Increases mother/baby bond
- Increases milk production
If you have a Cesarean section, you may still be able to have time to bond with your baby. Once you are alert and if the baby is stable, he or she may be able to visit for you to hold skin-to-skin or breast feed.
We will gladly help facilitate your feeding choice for your newborn, as well as assist you in any way possible to ensure that you have a wonderful experience in the birth of your baby. After discussion with your doctor, please let us know if you do not wish to participate in the Golden Hour or “skin-to-skin.”