Amanda Garcia is a mom twice over now. The birth of her baby Rylee was a much different experience than Avery’s a year earlier.
“With my first child I got to see her briefly and then my husband and the baby exited the room and they proceeded on with those things they needed to get done. Whereas with Rylee all of that waited, and when it was done I got to be there,” says Garcia.
They call it the ‘golden hour’ at Cape Coral Hospital. The 60 minutes immediately after delivery reserved for family. The newborn is placed on mom’s chest.
“We try to just step back and let them enjoy their time with their baby,” says Liz Finn, RN, labor and delivery nurse with Lee Memorial Health System.
Making births family-friendly took a change of mindset as well as hospital practices.
“There are certain things we need to do in the first hour according to the pediatricians. They want the vitamin K shot also the erythromycin ointment in the eyes, but we do those on the mom’s stomach,” says Finn.
“It creates such a calming environment, you feel like you’re the only person in the room and it makes such a special bond with this child immediately,” says Garcia.
The skin-to-skin contact started the bonding process, but experts quickly realized it also triggered a physical response between the mom and baby.
“The baby’s respirations rates come down, their blood sugar rates are stabilized, therefore we aren’t seeing as many hypoglycemic babies. Also, research has shown the mother’s breast accommodates the baby’s temperature- they heat up and cool down according to the babies needs,” says Finn.
Babies placed skin to skin are more apt to start breastfeeding.
“The nurses helped me put her right to the breast and there were no problems whatsoever. And it makes you feel so strong and takes the stress away,” says Garcia.
Letting nature take its course, makes for a special delivery.