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Labor and Delivery

Bonding with Your Newborn After Delivery

If you ask most women how they feel in the weeks leading up to the birth of their child, you will probably receive a wide array of responses that range from excited to scared to anxious to overwhelmed with joy, and the list could go on and on. These emotions are normal. This is a wonderful and exciting time, and we want you and your support team to enjoy these moments. Those first few hours that you share with your baby will be the beginning of many memories that will last a lifetime.

Skin-to-Skin Contact and Breastfeeding

We aim to ease some of your anxiety, so you can enjoy those moments, by educating you on what you can expect during your hospital stay and once you and your little one go home. The best place for your baby to be is in your arms, skin-to-skin, close to your heart. These precious moments should be treasured, for this beginning of the bonding process is called the "Golden Hour."

Watch an Educational Video

Click the play button on the video below to watch an educational presentation from Dr. Krista Tejml, ob/gyn, and Dr. Amanda Brack, board-certified pediatrician, on mother-infant bonding. You will learn:

  • What to expect directly following child birth
  • The benefits of skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding
  • Techniques that promote bonding between mother and baby
  • The answers to commonly asked breastfeeding questions

Dr. Krista Tejml and Dr. Amanda Brack are affiliated with Memorial Hermann Health System.

Views or opinions presented in this video are solely those of the physician(s) or presenter(s) and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Memorial Hermann Health System. This video is presented to the public for educational purposes only and Memorial Hermann Health System is not responsible for its content. Patients should consult a physician regarding the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition.

About Baby-Friendly Care

Women's Memorial Hermann at Memorial City Medical Center is a now a Baby-Friendly facility. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer optimal level of care for infant feeding. 

Benefits of Baby-Friendly Care

  • Easier transition to breastfeeding
  • In-room newborn care
  • Avoids separation of babies and mothers
  • Improved bonding, breastfeeding and weight gain
  • Better sleep for mother and child

Bonding with your Preemie

Skin-to-skin is very important for babies that are born prematurely.

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