The benefits of skin-to-skin contact for prematurely-born babies have been known for a while, but the method is not always widely used.
Skin-to-skin contact with babies can help regulate their heartbeat, temperature, and breathing, encourage feeding, and reduce stress. It’s surprising that it’s not done more frequently.
A photo, originally posted with a caption in Swedish and recently reposted by the South African NINO Birth organization with the caption translated into English, shows a young boy helping his dad take care of his new twin siblings by holding one of them against his bare chest at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen in Denmark.
The post has since gone viral – it has been liked over 23,000 times and shared more than 18,000 times. Many mothers have commented on the post, either singing the praises of the skin-to-skin method or saying they wish they could have done that with their own children.
“I couldn’t hold my twins until one week after they were born,” said Emily Ann. “Our skin to skin contact was so bittersweet and will definitely never be forgotten.”