Title

The Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Care After Cesarean Birth

Presenter Information

Kayla HazlewoodFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Many mothers who give birth via cesarean section do not receive skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth as women who deliver vaginally, resulting in lower rates of successful breastfeeding for these mothers. Ramona Mercer’s Maternal Role Attainment Theory serves as a framework for nurses to help patients adopt a strong maternal identity and become competent in caring for the infant, which supports the need for skin-to-skin care. Research shows that it is best practice to provide this care in the operating room to increase breastfeeding, improve bonding, improve health outcomes for the infant, decrease use of maternal pain and anxiety medications, and improve maternal satisfaction with her birth experience. This evidence proves that skin-to-skin care in the operating room should be implemented into practice.

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The Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Care After Cesarean Birth

Many mothers who give birth via cesarean section do not receive skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth as women who deliver vaginally, resulting in lower rates of successful breastfeeding for these mothers. Ramona Mercer’s Maternal Role Attainment Theory serves as a framework for nurses to help patients adopt a strong maternal identity and become competent in caring for the infant, which supports the need for skin-to-skin care. Research shows that it is best practice to provide this care in the operating room to increase breastfeeding, improve bonding, improve health outcomes for the infant, decrease use of maternal pain and anxiety medications, and improve maternal satisfaction with her birth experience. This evidence proves that skin-to-skin care in the operating room should be implemented into practice.