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In days gone by, the moment a baby was born in the Western world, someone would whisk them off. They’d have their cord clamped and cut, and they would undergo checks and perhaps have a quick clean. But times are changing, and now the benefits of a “golden hour” of togetherness are being recognized.

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Indeed, the recommendation is now to leave the baby in “skin-to-skin” contact with mom if its health allows until baby has breastfed for the first time. All that’s needed is a covering to keep mom and bub warm. Baby’s first check can come while it’s on mom’s chest, and anything more thorough can wait – after all, there’s no hurry to find out how heavy baby is.

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