IS SKIN TO SKIN IDEAL?
There’s always the ideal but the ideal is rarely attainable. There are so many ideals that we shoot for as parents, but we all know, if you want to give the universe a chuckle just tell it your plans. However, according to Karen Strange Certified Professional Midwife, lecturer and educator if you are really going to push for something it’s skin to skin. Even if everything is optimal for the baby in his/her birth, they still just went through a big ordeal and skin to skin helps to heal them from the big ordeal. Regardless of how baby is born, once the baby arrives, the place to go is the mother. That’s all the baby knows, and has known.
WHAT IS SKIN TO SKIN?
Skin to skin is pretty simple it’s moms skin to baby’s skin. Handing mom a baby wrapped in a blanket is not skin to skin.
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT THE HAT?
“How mother’s meet their babies is by sight smell sound taste and touch, when you put a hat on you cover them with a towel right at the moment after birth ,what happens is you create a barrier a boundary, for how mothers actually connect. And all of the senses are their for a reason the senses are meant for the optimal survival of our species, so when you interfere with the optimal survival of our species you that impacts us in ways we are not totally aware of….” -Karen Starnge Ideally it would be great if we can let the mother and baby meet skin to skin
WHAT IF ME AND MY BABY DID’T GET SKIN TO SKIN?
What I love about the interview below is that we discuss how healing can happen hours, days, months and even years afterwards. This blog isn’t about creating guilt, it’s about creating awareness. Guilt can serve us if we let it.
“Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness.”
― Audre Lorde
Please watch this video and let me know your thoughts in the comments
ABOUT MY GUEST
Karen Strange, Certified Professional Midwife, lecturer and educator. She has been an AAP/NRPTM instructor since 1991 and has taught over 8,000 people worldwide.
Karen proficiently translates the physiology of neonatal resuscitation and neonatal transition. She is very gifted in her ability to present birth from the baby’s perspective as well as create an understanding of resuscitating newborns at birth. She adeptly demonstrates the skills necessary in neonatal resuscitation in a non-traumatizing, easy-to-remember way.
A passionate lecturer of the baby’s experience of birth, helping you see through the eyes of the newborn, transforming what you thought you knew.
She loves sharing her “Simple Tools” to help babies (children and adults) integrate what happens to them before, during and after birth.