Holding the very low birth weight infant: skin-to-skin techniques

Neonatal Netw. Jan-Feb 2005;24(1):7-14. doi: 10.1891/0730-0832.24.1.7.


Skin-to-skin holding has been reported as a valuable intervention for preterm infants for over a decade. However, many neonatal intensive care units are not practicing this therapy and cite lack of protocols and techniques as a barrier. This article describes in detail the nursing considerations and techniques involved to successfully implement skin-to-skin holding for very low birth weight, technology-dependent infants. NICU protocols can be derived from this article.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Handling, Psychological*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Very Low Birth Weight*
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / methods*
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / standards
  • Neonatal Nursing / instrumentation
  • Neonatal Nursing / methods*
  • Neonatal Nursing / standards
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Posture
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Professional-Family Relations