FRIDAY, May 28, 2021 (HealthDay News)
In a finding that demonstrates the power of a mother’s touch, new research shows that immediate and continuous skin-to-skin contact with mom reduces the risk of death for low-weight newborns in poorer nations.
“The idea of giving skin-to-skin contact immediately after delivery to very small, unstable babies has encountered quite strong resistance, but about 75% of deaths occur before the infant has been judged sufficiently stable,” noted study author Dr. Nils Bergman, of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute. Bergman, a researcher in the institute’s Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, spoke in an institute news release.
So, is separating a mom from her tiny newborn necessarily helping the infant?
To find out, the Swedish team looked at more than 3,200 infants with a birth weight of 2.2 to 3.9 pounds born at five university hospitals in Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria and Tanzania, where death rates for