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Skin to Skin – It’s what’s in!
08.15.2014 [New Moms & Dads]

skin-to-skinA newborns natural habitat is lying on the mothers (or fathers) chest, skin to skin immediately after being born and in the hours, days and weeks after.

Skin to skin, means just that, baby’s bare skin against mother’s bare skin. No blankets or clothing interfering. The mother’s body will keep baby plenty warm while the baby adapts to life outside the womb. Baby will be happier lying against mom, as well as be better able to regulate her breathing, heart rate and blood sugar levels. Babies kept skin to skin after birth often self-latch, breastfeed better and get milk more easily. Skin to skin also helps colonize the baby’s gut with the same bacteria as his mother. This in addition to breastfeeding, are thought to be important to prevent allergic diseases.

Skin to skin contact immediately after birth, for at least an hour has the following positive effects on the baby:

  • more stable and normal skin temperatures
  • more stable and normal heart rates and blood pressures
  • more likely to latch on
  • more likely to latch on well
  • have higher blood sugars
  • less likely to cry
  • more likely to breastfeed exclusively longer

Studies show that even premature babies are more metabolically stable when kept skin to skin, even if they have IV fluids and/or oxygen therapy.

Tip-Over Furniture Can Kill Kids
08.07.2014 | New Moms & Dads

It can happen in an instant: A small child pulls up on a television, dresser or computer monitor and gets critically injured when the furniture tips over. “Every parent or guardian of a young child should look around their homes and imagine what could tip over, fall off walls and injure a child. Imagining it […]

2014 Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life!
08.01.2014 | New Moms & Dads

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Here at SMH we are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7th with a host of both fun and educational activities centered on this year’s theme: Breastfeeding: A winning goal for life!  […]

Breastfeeding Support & Latch Clinic
07.25.2014 | New Moms & Dads

Join us as we hear what is working for other mothers, share information and resources, and make connections with other breastfeeding moms.  The clinic is facilitated by a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. The clinic is open to all, and there is no registration necessary. Every Tuesday, 2:00 PM – 3:30PM Waldemere Medical Plaza 1921 Waldemere St. Second Floor Call 917-1700 […]

Fantastic nurses from Labor and Delivery and the Mother-Baby Unit!
07.18.2014 | New Moms & Dads

Great photo of our fantastic nurses from Labor and Delivery and the Mother-Baby Unit. So far, this group has assisted in over 1500 special deliveries for 2014! Click on the image to see a full-size version of these smiling faces!

REPOST: Look Before You Lock and Other Safety Tips
07.08.2014 | New Moms & Dads

This post, from July 2013, is still relevant today. With the recent occurrences of child heat stroke deaths in mind, please take a few minutes and read it again. Did you know a child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being left alone in a hot vehicle? In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause […]

Signs and Symptoms of Preterm Labor
06.26.2014 | New Moms & Dads

All pregnant women look forward to meeting their baby, seeing who they look like and holding that precious kicking machine for the first time. Often by the last month or two of pregnancy, moms are feeling ready to not be pregnant anymore and live without the common discomforts of the third trimester. But sometimes, baby […]

FDA Sets Safety Standards for Infant Formula
06.20.2014 | New Moms & Dads

A new rule that aims to ensure the safety of infant formula has been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An initial version of the rule for manufacturers of infant formula was released in February and the final version contains some modifications and clarifications that were made in response to comments received by […]

Learn the Signs of Whooping Cough
06.13.2014 | New Moms & Dads

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a viral infection that can cause serious complications in children under age 1. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says signs of the infection include: Cold-like symptoms including stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, fever and mild cough. A more serious cough develops over time and can persist for weeks. […]

Sarasota Summer Fun 2014
06.06.2014 | New Moms & Dads

School is out for summer already and it’s time for some summer fun. Parents strive to entertain, nurture and enrich their little ones while trying to stay cool. Fortunately, in Sarasota, there are plenty of fun activities, lots of entertainment and a wide variety of enriching summer camps right in our own town. Summer Camp […]