EDUCATING PARENTS ON THE BENEFITS OF SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT: CREATING EVIDENCE-BASED MATERIAL
AuthorSparks, Lauren Nicole
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this thesis was to develop an educational fact sheet with best practice recommendations based on current evidence for skin-to-skin contact between mothers and their newborns. Skin-to-skin is a relatively new concept, but research over the past few decades has indicated that skin-to-skin contact (SSC) is an effective and safe intervention for mothernewborn dyads and provides a plethora of physiological and psychological benefits. Implementing an educational pamphlet in the setting of either a childbirth class or in perinatal clinics would provide expectant mothers with research-based information so they can make the educated decision to provide skin-to-skin contact with their infant.