I remember thinking, “Is everything really OK?”
It was a long and anxious road to my perfect birth story, but there she was at 12:21 lying on my chest, fingers and toes accounted for. And it felt so good. But given my prior delivery experiences, I didn’t want to take any chances, so I continued to question why my nurse midwife wasn’t bringing my baby to the warmer. Every time I asked, she said, “Look at your baby. This is where she needs to be.” And despite myself, I found the worry and fear fading away… and it was just the two of us, skin to skin.
My name is Hope. I’m a mom. I’m a healthcare provider. And that was my introduction to Skin-to-Skin Contact (Kangaroo Care).
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