"skin to skin"

About: Blackpool Victoria Hospital

I had a baby on 29th December 2014 in the Vic. It was a c-section. Straight after my baby daughter was out I got to hold her as part of hospitals "skin to skin" practice. It was fantastic. I relaxed and forgot I was operated on because I concentrated on the baby. It made me feel calm as well. Well done for whoever decided to start with this practice. Good thinking

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Response from Eleanor Walsh, Lead in Patient Experience & Engagement , Patient Experience, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your recent experience of our Maternity Services.

I am really pleased to hear that the skin-to-skin initiative was used and that you felt much calmer as a result of this. Our midwives are advocates of immediate contact after all births to encourage bonding and to help babies adapt to their new environment. They have found uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact calms and relaxes both mother and baby and usually leads to the baby going on to feed effectively.

I will share your kind words with the midwives to encourage them to continue providing this beneficial service on a daily basis.

With best wishes for the future,

Eleanor Walsh

Lead in Patient Experience

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