I’ve heard some refer to it as such. The freeze-frame moment, when eye contact translates to what appears to be intercommunication, between Mother* and newborn infant.
An occurrence entwined with the other natural behaviours happening at a point in time, after birth. From near or far, some may have taken part in that very special instant; One that leaves no one unmoved.
Participant. Guarder. Benefactor.
Bystander, in recognizance.
Practitioner, in intentness.
Protector. Provider. Advocate.
Inequity: To ascertain that every dyad has access to that moment of communication.
In all settings. In all forms of birth. Whether the contact is well-timed or postponed.
Enabling connection between Mother and newborn, by assuring a time, a place, secureness, and support: The likely effect of teamwork. Bringing about adjustments, that may seem minute, at times, can be of great significance to the dyad in the immediate postnatal period.
Word of salutations to team members collaborating to give rise to means that facilitate skin-to-skin contact. Notably, when the dyad has been separated.
As we voyage through the best practice implementation process, may we rekindle the simplicity of the workings. And, substantively, its heartfelt outcome.
May a sense of awe define your journey.
Brimdyr, K., Cadwell, K., Svensson, K., Takahashi, Y., Nissen, E., & Widström, A. M. (2020). The nine stages of skin‐to‐skin: practical guidelines and insights from four countries. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 16(4), e13042.
*Mother is used to simplify the text and is intended to be inclusive.
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