PSYCHOLOGY

Touching Video Of Mum Holding Her Baby Girl For The First Time In 2 Weeks Since She Was Born

Date January 26, 2018 11:41

One of the best things about being pregnant is looking forward to having your baby and holding them in your hands. It's what keeps you going as you deal with morning sickness, mood swings, and all the other uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms.

So when Angela Bakker and her husband, Michael, found out they were having a baby girl, there was a lot to look forward to. But despite how much they wanted to meet their daughter, they fully intended to wait until her due date.

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Unfortunately, things did not really work out that way. When Angela was 25 weeks pregnant, she went into labor and her baby arrived 15 weeks earlier than they expected.

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Premature babies usually experience a lot of health complications. And for little Naomi Joy, who weighed a little over 12 ounces at birth, her chances of survival were slim to none.

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The staff at the Renown Regional Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit worked very hard to keep Naomi alive after she was born. She was placed in the NICU where she was being cared for round the clock. Unfortunately, this meant Angela had to wait two long weeks to hold her baby.

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When they were finally allowed to carry their little daughter, they were thrilled. The beautiful moment was caught on camera as eight NICU nurses helped transfer the child from her safety bubble to her mother's chest.

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The doctors believed that the best thing for Naomi's health is for her and her mother to experience skin-to-skin contact.

The benefits of skin-to-skin after childbirth

The Kangaroo care (KC) refers to the practice of skin-to-skin contact between infant and parent. This is usually beneficial for premature babies and those who were born with a low birthweight. 

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In several instances, the practice has been shown to improve the child's heart rate and keep her protected from infection. In some cases, some sick babies began to thrive almost as soon as they are held by their parents.

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In a 2012 study conducted by the Canadian Paediatric Society, Fetus and Newborn Committee, it was stated that during KC, the child feels the parent's heart sounds, breathing and warmth. These create a soothing feeling and "offer gentle stimulation across the auditory, tactile, vestibular and thermal sensory systems."

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In fact, the practice is now being encouraged even in babies that are carried to full term as it aids emotional bonding.

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