Skin-to-skin in the operating room after cesarean birth

The term ‘operating theatre’ is synonymous with operating room. These terms are used interchangeably throughout the article. When skin-to-skin (STS) started to be provided to mom and baby couplets in the recovery room after cesarean births at her hospital– a metropolitan public hospital in Sydney, Australia– midwife Jeni Stevens, RN, RN (Hon 1st), RM, IBCLC, …

Bridging the gap for skin-to-skin

It’s dangerous to think it’s up to mothers alone to successfully breastfeed. Support for breastfeeding moms in the home, in the community, and at the national level matters.   Regina Hirt, RN, IBCLC and her team at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, Wis. are making sure breastfeeding …

The Association Between Common Labor Drugs and Suckling When Skin-to-Skin During the First Hour After Birth

There’s no doubt about it; Dr. Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC loves babies. “Babies are just so incredible!” Brimdyr exclaims. “Immediately after they’re born they can do such complicated things. We have this idea that you have to be careful when you hold a baby because their heads might fall off, but when you watch what …

Toxic Stress, Resilience Building, COVID-19 and Breastfeeding

As I write this, I’ve logged exactly two weeks at home in self-quarantine due to Covid-19 with my husband and three children. Technically, we’ve only made it through the kids’ scheduled spring break, but they’ll start an indefinite distance learning journey on Monday. Our socially-distanced days have been filled with laughter of a couple kinds. …

Vaginal Seeding to Create a Healthy Newborn Microbiome- Is It Safe? Guest blog by Donna Walls, RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC, ANLC

If you participate in modern society, you’ve likely been exposed to some form of the buzz phrase “gut health.”  Gut microbiome, microbiota, flora; however it’s referred to, scientists, advertisements and your neighbors will tell you it’s important. We know that mode of birth and feeding method affect newborns’ microbial profile. For instance, babies born by …