WHO recommendation on skin-to-skin contact during the first hour after birth

A mother has her baby in close skin to skin contact right after birth, Mali.

WHO recommendation on skin-to-skin contact during the first hour after birth

 

Recommendation

Newborns without complications should be kept in skin-to-skin contact (SSC) with their mothers during the first hour after birth to prevent hypothermia and promote breastfeeding.

(Recommended)

 

Publication history

First published: December 2012

Updated: No update planned

Assessed as up-to-date: September 2012

 

Remarks

           http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/44774/1/9789241502825_eng.pdf

 

Related links

WHO recommendations on intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

(2018) - full document and evidence tables

Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctors

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A guide for essential practice

WHO Programmes: Sexual and Reproductive health

Maternal Health

Newborn Health

 

Citation: WHO Reproductive Health Library. WHO recommendation on skin-to-skin contact (February 2018). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization.