The golden hour

The Positive Birth Group not only gives you all the tools you need for a calm and tranquil birth of your choice, but you are also given a lot of information to support you during the 4th trimester. The 4th trimester is the first 3 months of a baby’s life where they are adjusting to the outside world.

The ‘golden hour’ and the first week of a baby’s life is a huge transition for the baby and one we should be mindful of after birth.

It is so important for mum to have as much time with the baby as possible in the first few hours of birth to ease the transition from the womb to the world. Mum is everything to this delicate little baby. Mum is the main constant within this transition. The following will help keep the baby calm and ease the baby into the world:

Skin to skin – as much as possible. Make sure you have a warm towel to keep the baby warm, but you have the baby naked on your skin, near your heart, then the towel round the baby.

Limited cleaning – you don’t need to clean the baby for a few days, even a week.

No hate for the first hour to 2 – if the mum can smell the baby’s head during skin to skin it will release more Oxycontin and bring the mums milk in sooner.

Limited noise – try and ensure there is not a lot of noise when your baby is born. This can be a shock to the baby.

Lighting – if you’re having a vaginal birth, try and make sure the lights are dimmed, again to ease the baby into the world. If you’re having a c-section, you can ask for the lights to be dimmed at your side.

Holding – everyone wants to cuddle a new born baby, but it’s not only mum that is sore after the birth, the baby can be sore too so limit cuddles for a couple of weeks and keep it to close family.

Nursing – if you can breastfeed for the first few days, this is called the colostrum. Colostrum is your baby’s first immunisation.

Nursing – if you can breastfeed for the first few days, this is called the colostrum. Colostrum is your baby’s first immunisation. It gives you baby all your antibodies. It is very concentrated, and your baby will only have a few teaspoonfuls at a time, so you might feed more often but to have these immune factors to into your baby is very beneficial.

Sssshhhhhhh – new baby’s love a ssshhhh-ing sound. It takes them back to the noise they would have heard in the worm. If your baby is fussy, gently sssshhhhing in their ear will relax them, as they have been familiar with this for 9 months.

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