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Eva Paris @paris_eva

Surely if we could choose the way we enter this life, like any new place, we would not like it to be in a stressful, blinding and deafening way, full of strangers who manipulate us.

This is what babies are usually found with, but we should try to minimize these effects so that they are born in the most welcoming environment possible.

When the delivery is at home, the conditions are usually more welcoming, because the mother feels familiar with her surroundings, because there are usually not too many people, because the place is conditioned so that it has the adequate lighting

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In the hospital, it is difficult, not to say impossible, to control certain aspects in the place where we give birth, such as lighting or the number of staff that assist us, although we have the right to develop a delivery plan in which we express all our wishes.

Some factors to receive the baby in a cozy environment are more easily achievable and should be extended to all hospitals:

  • The mother should choose who accompanies her and be alone if she so wishes during contractions.
  • Both the dilatation room and the delivery room should have the doors closed to take care of the privacy that is assaulted so frequently in these moments, with the staff, the light and the essential noise.
  • The baby should not be separated from the mother unless there is some complication. Skin-to-skin contact at the time of birth and breastfeeding is important in these warning minutes.
  • The application of antibiotic ointment in the eyes of the newborn can wait after the initial sensitive period.
  • Administration of vitamin K, which prevents hemorrhagic disease of the newborn, can also be done after initial skin-to-skin contact.
  • Interventions such as gastric aspiration or the introduction of probes in the baby should not be performed systematically.
  • A non-premature clamping of the umbilical cord allows a few minutes for the baby to start breathing in his new environment and brings numerous benefits.
  • The first recognition of the baby could be performed on the mother, such as the Apgar test at one minute and five minutes after birth, without interrupting skin-to-skin contact in the mother's womb. The benefits of early baby-mother contact are innumerable.
  • Parents decide who they want in their room the first hours of the baby's life. This should be a decision respected by family and friends who may be excluded from visits in those first moments in which both mothers and babies require tranquility and privacy. The silence and respect in these moments is also important for the rest of mothers and babies who share a room or floor.
  • If there is any situation that requires the separation of the baby and the mother, but after the observation it is verified that the baby is recovering or is healthy, contact should be resumed as soon as possible and not lengthen an unnecessary baby's income.
  • If it is the mother who should be separated, the baby will be endeavored to remain with the father or companion, even in skin-to-skin contact.

The more of these points we can achieve, the benefits for mothers and babies are greater.

Fortunately, more and more hospitals join this quality of care in the first minutes of life of the newborn, although there is still a long way to go and most mothers can not say that we have given birth in such an ideal environment.

Being born in a welcoming and respectful environment favors bonding, breastfeeding, making the baby more stable, mothers more relaxed

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Above all, a welcome to the world with the least possible upsets is what our babies and ourselves deserve.

Photos | Emery Co Photo and Philippe Put on FlickrIn Babies and more | Good practices in the first hour of life, Ten steps towards a happy breastfeeding, The importance of early contact

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