Immediate skin-to-skin contact with babies does not happen, when about one-third of births in the United States each year are by cesarean section, Registered nurses Kimberly Jarrelle, Deborah Burbic and Jess Niccoli, did not like those stats and did not think it was fair! Their experience at the Richmond-area hospital labor-and-delivery units sent them on a quest to do something to change that.
“When mom gets to hold that baby for the first time on her chest, it is just unbelievable, that experience,” says Burbic. “We were going, ‘How could we make this happen in the operating room?'” And thankfully, they did. And now that there’s new evidence touting the benefit of skin-to-skin contact not just for Baby but for Mom as well, the nurses are hoping to see this adopted in hospitals nationwide—although like any new medical product they do expect for hospitals to be “leery at first.”
— Richmond.com (@richmonddotcom) October 26, 2015