First skin-to-skin post C-section at Cornwall hospital

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CORNWALL – Cornwall’s hospital has taken another step to make sure to strengthen the bond between mother and child.

The hospital performed its first skin-to-skin contact after a cesarean section.

Normally, the child would have been taken after birth to be cleaned and checked over by doctors, a process that would have kept mother and child apart for up to two hours.

The new benchmark in child birth at the Cornwall Community Hospital happened the first week of April but hospital officials only made light of it during a news release this week.

Vaginal births were already performing skin-to-skin, which is believed to help the infant in reducing stress, regulating blood pressure and fewer instances of crying.

The hospital has also seen a spike in midwifery births in the past year – 49 in 2014-2015, compared to 15 in 2013-2014 and 16 in 2012-2013.

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