Compassionate Care During Your Delivery
The “transition” stage of labor is the final stage before delivery. During this stage, you will experience very strong contractions 60 to 90 seconds long every few minutes and your cervix opens to eight to 10 centimeters. When your midwife or physician instructs you, you will go through a series of pushing and breathing techniques (often outlined in our childbirth classes). From here, it may take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours until your baby is delivered.
The Arrival of Your Baby
The moment your baby arrives is likely to be one of the most profoundly beautiful moments in you and your family's lives.
Immediately upon arrival, your new baby will be handed to you for skin-to-skin contact. This skin-to-skin contact, also known as kangaroo contact, has many advantages and health benefits for both mom and baby. With this skin-to-skin contact, the naked baby rests on the mother’s bare chest directly after birth, allowing the bonding process to begin.
Babies can experience various benefits from skin-to-skin contact following their birth, including:
- Improved sleep
- Higher blood oxygen levels
- Improved breastfeeding
- Improved weight gain
Skin-to-skin contact may also help babies be more alert and cry less often. These benefits can even be seen when skin-to-skin contact is given for only a few minutes each day. Moms who have skin-to-skin contact with their babies also have improved breast milk production and are more successful with breastfeeding. This closeness helps mom and baby become familiar with each other and find their special breastfeeding rhythm.
Performing Skin-to-Skin Contact
Skin-to-skin contact after your delivery includes the following steps:
- Remove your baby’s clothing and remove or open your shirt (leaving your baby’s diaper on.)
- Place your baby on their belly on your bare chest with your baby's head turned to one side.
- Cover your baby’s back with a blanket.
- Relax and enjoy.
At UPMC, we recommend at least one hour of uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby immediately after delivery, regardless of the feeding method and until the first feeding occurs for breastfeeding babies. After the initial skin-to-skin bonding, mother and baby can then be transported together to the postpartum room.
Once in your postpartum room, your baby will be with you and will “room-in” with you throughout your stay. All routine assessments and procedures can be done in the postpartum room. There is always a nurse available to assist with newborn care and settling your baby. Rooming-in is encouraged throughout your stay, day and night, for all stable moms and babies. Twenty-four hour rooming-in with your baby fosters bonding, you will learn your baby’s feeding cues and become comfortable with your baby’s care.
Some procedures like circumcision and hearing screens will require your baby to leave the nursery for a short while. However, you will be able to hold your baby shortly after and continue the bonding process.
We recommend balancing time spent between visiting with family and friends and adequate rest periods for optimal bonding and feeding.
Providing You a Comfortable and Safe Environment for You to Bond With Your Baby
As part of the bonding process, we offer one congratulatory special meal for the new family during their stay, which can be scheduled for the family's convenience. This gourmet experience is one of the highlights of your stay here at either of our maternity units. We take your families' needs into consideration as well, whether it be dietary restrictions, preferences or Kosher meals. Learn more about our amenities.
UPMC is dedicated to offering quality care and attention to help you and your baby bond after labor in Williamsport and Wellsboro, PA, and the surrounding areas.