Having skin-to-skin contact with your baby straight after the birth helps to keep them warm and calm, and steadies their breathing.
Skin-to-skin time is also a wonderful bonding experience for you and your baby, and is a great opportunity to have your first breastfeed. Your midwife will also be there to offer you support with getting your positioning and attachment right.
Skin-to-skin contact can be carried on over the first few days and weeks as you and baby get to know each other. It also helps your baby attach to your breast more easily using their crawling and latching on reflexes that come naturally to them.
If your skin-to-skin contact is delayed for some reason or your baby needs to spend some time in special care you can still explore ways to bond with your baby and start breastfeeding. Your midwife will be there to support you at every stage.