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What’s the big deal with skin-to-skin?, with Sylvia Houston

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #56

Skin-to-skin and kangaroo care can improve neurological development and health, lower stress and crying, help breastfeeding, reduce postpartum depression. The list of benefits seems to go on and on. Research shows that skin-to-skin is even more important for preemies.

How simple is it to do, and how long should you do it for? Sylvia Houston tells us more.

To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.


What we talked about:

  • The benefits of skin-to-skin for baby’s neurological development
  • How do you do skin-to-skin?
  • How long should you do it for?
  • Helping baby spend time in his/her natural habitat
  • Why it’s called a 4th trimester
  • Skin-to-skin and preemies
  • How to be safe while doing skin-to-skin
  • How skin-to-skin can help restore the mom-baby bond after separation
  • Does it have to be the mother?
  • How huge is huge: the reduction of crying thanks to skin-to-skin


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About Sylvia Houston

Sylvia Hourston has been championing the efforts for skin-to-skin and kangaroo care since 2001. She is certified by the United States Institute for Kangaroo Care, and has served as skin-to-skin consultant and In-service instructor in birthing centers and hospitals across the globe. In an effort to help moms provide kangaroo care to their babies, and after years of research, Sylvia began developing garments for mothers to safely hold their infants in Skin-to- Skin Contact, breastfeed, and be hands-free; whether it be in during their hospital stay, in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), at home, or out and about. As such, her company is the only confirmed designer, manufacturer and producer of skin-to-skin garments in the world. More recently, her knowledge and products have been instrumental in bringing the Kangaroo Mother Care to Rwanda.

Learn more at her website or join the conversation on Facebook.


Adriana Lozada