An interprofessional quality improvement project to implement maternal/infant skin-to-skin contact during cesarean delivery

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. Jul-Aug 2014;43(4):488-96. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12469. Epub 2014 Jun 30.


Immediate skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her newborn has been associated with successful breastfeeding outcomes. One of the challenges nurses face in promoting skin-to-skin occurs in the operating room during a cesarean delivery. Utilizing an interprofessional approach for this quality improvement project, we successfully implemented skin-to-skin contact for all eligible mother/infant couplets after cesarean birth. Exclusive breastfeeding rates for these women increased as a result.

Keywords: Baby-Friendly; cesarean delivery; exclusive breastfeeding; interprofessional; perinatal core measures; skin-to-skin contact.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding / psychology*
  • Cesarean Section* / methods
  • Cesarean Section* / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations / psychology*
  • Nurse's Role
  • Object Attachment*
  • Obstetric Nursing / methods
  • Postnatal Care / methods
  • Postoperative Period
  • Pregnancy
  • Quality Improvement
  • Time Factors
  • Touch*