Implementing skin-to-skin contact in the operating room following cesarean birth

Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2014 Dec;11(6):414-6. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12057. Epub 2014 Aug 18.


Immediate skin-to-skin contact (SSC) after birth benefits the health of mothers and newborns by increasing breastfeeding rates, stabilizing the newborn's temperature, and encouraging bonding (Moore, Anderson, Bergman, & Dowswell, 2012). Although immediate SSC after a vaginal birth was common practice at our hospital, it was rare in the operating room (OR) following a cesarean birth. To address this practice problem, we conducted a project to evaluate the feasibility of implementing SSC in the OR.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cesarean Section / methods*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Kangaroo-Mother Care Method / methods*
  • Kangaroo-Mother Care Method / organization & administration
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Operating Rooms / methods
  • Operating Rooms / organization & administration*
  • Postnatal Care / methods*
  • Postnatal Care / organization & administration
  • Pregnancy
  • Program Development
  • Touch / physiology*