In the first few hours after your baby's birth, it is important
that your baby stay warm. Your baby may wear a cap to help keep
The best way to keep your healthy baby warm is have her lie
skin-to-skin on your chest, covered with a blanket. Either you or
your partner can hold your baby this way.
After your baby has been dried and wrapped in a blanket, you can
hold her in your arms.
During the first hour after birth your baby is likely to be in a
special, alert state. It will be a time to look at one another and
for you to talk softly to your baby.
If your baby is going to be breastfed, this is also the time for
your partner to start. Your baby will need time to nuzzle the
breast and then start sucking.
If your baby needs to be taken to a special care nursery, you
can go with her.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
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