One of the first experiences your newborn should have is laying on you - skin to skin. There are many reasons why this is a good thing but one of them is scent. You and your baby subconsciously are attracted to each others scent. This promotes healthy bonding and good breastfeeding habits right from the start. One of the second experiences your baby usually has is a quick bath and swaddle including a hat. Research shows that pheromones and signature scents are released from our heads. This is partially why women, in particular, love to "sniff" or nuzzle close to a baby's head. A midwife I met claims she pulls off those baby hats and unswaddles the newborns so they can be as close to mom as possible and have full availability to chemically communicate together. Mom's body heat and a blanket covering both of them will be enough to keep them warm and bonding happily :)...just make sure the AC has been turned up in the room - 74 degrees is a good temp. Moral of the story, sniff your baby and let your baby sniff you xoxox
Neural Biology and Chemical Communication 2014
Communicative and Integrative Biology 2009
As we have seen the number of hospital births and C-Section's increase we have also seen the amount of asthma, allergies, and other health issues rise. Are these all correlated? At this time we are unsure and there is much debate about the potential connections between these things. One thing we do know is that babies who are born from cesarean surgery are lacking the bacteria of their mother in their gut. It is becoming clearer and clearer that these gut flora have an integral part in growth and development. In one study they found that the gut flora of infants born from C-Section matched the gut flora of the babies doctors and nurses, as they were the first to fully interact with the baby. A way doctors and scientists have found to hopefully alleviate this issue and promote mother/baby gut flora matching is by a process called seeding. A cotton swab of mom's vaginal fluid is collected and wiped all over baby...mouth, hands, ears, etc. This can be done for a series of hours or days. Research is being conducted to see how often and how much of the babies body this needs to be applied to. Moral of the story, if you have to undergo a surgical birth, don't let your vaginal bacteria go to waste...your baby needs it xoxox
Knowing what you need to know pre, during, and post birth is important. Knowing the information came from a credible source with scientific evidence behind it is even more important. Here you will find scientific research to support any decision you make for yourself or your family during these precious moments in your lives.