SOURCE: AWHONN. 2021. Immediate and Sustained Skin-to-Skin Contact for Healthy Late Preterm and Term Newborns After Birth: AWHONN Practice Brief Number 14. Nursing for Women’s Health, 25 (5), E9-E11, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nwh.2021.07.003
• All stable, vigorous newborns born vaginally or by cesarean should be placed in immediate skin-to-skin (STS) contact for at least the first hour of life or until the first breastfeeding is complete.
• All parents of clinically stable newborns should be encouraged to have frequent, uninterrupted STS contact with their newborns while in the hospital and after discharge.