The Golden Hour
Have you heard of it?! Most commonly known as the first hour your baby is born. I just like to add a little enthusiasm into THEE first hour of being a mom, dad!
Your first hour of being a mom, dad and the birth of your baby can vary depending on your delivery experience but regardless, the Golden Hour creates a bond between you and your baby, you and your partner and within yourself.
Since I don’t think the Golden Hour is discussed much prenatally, I want to talk a little bit about it!
So the first hour of becoming a mom and dad. A lot can be going on and a lot of emotions can be in the air! Ideally, as soon as your sweet little babe is delivered skin-to-skin begins. This means your naked baby will be placed on top of mom’s chest by the OB Doctor/Certified Nurse Midwife. Your nurse will dry off baby directly on mom’s chest and make sure baby is transitioning well to the outside world. As skin-to-skin occurs during the Golden Hour so does the third stage of labor, any repair that needs to be performed and possibly your baby’s first feeding. Unnecessary medical interventions will be delayed during the Golden Hour to promote a soothing, sweet and special environment.
So I must say in the case of an emergency or a cesarean section delivery the Golden Hour may be different and skin-to-skin could be delayed for mom and baby. So yes, in this case, dads/partners are encouraged to perform skin-to-skin.
Skin-to-skin during the Golden Hour is the first stepping stone to creating a bond with your newborn. It creates calmness to your baby by regulating baby’s body temperature, heart rate and blood glucose level. And helps promote breastfeeding. Also! For moms and dads skin-to-skin decreases maternal and paternal stress and anxiety and enhances role attainment. YAY.
I mention above many emotions can be in the air. The level of bonding with your newborn can vary and spread out at different times during the postpartum period. The surge of love and delight for your newborn might be immediate or come later and just want to tell you, this is ok. Because the release of oxytocin, the love hormone, may be immediate or delayed during the Golden Hour