If you’ve ever wondered why we’re are encouraged to have skin to skin contact with our newborn babies, you’ve got to watch this amazing film showing the extraordinary power of a new mum’s body.
The film introduces three new mothers who allow doctors to use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor their babies vital signs, first as they hold them wrapped in a swaddle and then skin to skin on their chests.
What happens next is quite bewildering: within five minutes of skin to skin contact, all three babies experience regulated breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels and temperature.
The benefits of skin to skin contact are a two way thing, explains Dr Susan Ludington, a world-renowned skin to skin expert, who conducted the experiment: baby and mother synchronise and regulate each other’s biology when skin to skin contact occurs.
“Mums are extraordinary,” she comments. “They spend nine months making and giving birth to baby. And, once baby is a born, a mother’s body continues to do incredible things for her baby.”
She hopes the results – and the beautiful movie, commissioned by WaterWipes as part of the #PureLove campaign to boost the confidence of new mums – will help mums to feel more confident that they are doing a good job. Recent research indicates that after the birth many new mums experience a dip in confidence, particularly in the first three to six days after their baby is born.
The film shows how by simply relaxing with their baby and holding them close they are giving them the best possible start.
One of the mothers involved, Roisin Walsh, 29, says the experiment validated everything she was doing for her baby, Elliot, and if anything encouraged her to be even more tactile with him.
“The film encouraged us to hug and kiss him more,” she says. “We feel now that Elliot has everything he will ever need in Chris and me. Once we have him in our lives, we will never need anything else.”
Siobhan McDermott, 33, who also starred in the film with her baby Christopher, was astonished to see the impact her body had on her baby. “It taught me the importance of touch, holding baby and relaxing with him – in this fast paced world, it’s so important to step back and chill out.”
Within five minutes of skin to skin contact, all three babies experience regulated breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels and temperature.
She now has skin to skin contact with Christopher as often as she can and has signed up for mum and baby yoga and massage classes to encourage further bonding.
This is exactly the reaction WaterWipes hoped for when they commissioned the film.
“We hope this film helps show to new mums that they are already all their baby needs,” says Grainne Gallagher from WaterWipes. “We understand how beautiful but also how tough the first few weeks with a new baby can be.”
– Have you had positive skin to skin experiences with your baby?
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