(August 21, 2020) Frederick, Anitra, PhD, RN, CNE; Fry, Tena, DNP, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, CNE; Clowtis, Licia PhD, RN. Intraoperative Mother and Baby Skin-to-Skin Contact during Cesarean Birth. The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, September/October 2020, Vol.45, issue 5: p 296-305. doi:10.1097/NMC.0000000000000646
Placing the newborn skin-to-skin on the mother's chest after birth while cesarean surgery is completed was found to be beneficial in this systematic review. Safety of mother and baby during skin-to-skin contact are promoted when nurse staffing in the operating room and post anesthesia care unit are consistent with published professional guidelines so the mother-baby couplet can be continually assessed.