Keeping the baby close to his skin makes dad an important part of the process.
We are the very lucky parents
of Daniel, 3½ and twins Mignon and Isabel, 20 months. Both the births were C-Sections, Daniel because he weighed 4 kgs at birth and his head never engaged and the girls because my gynaecologist said so. Oh, and they weighed in at a healthy 3.5kgs. Each. Yes, yes, I’m the urban legend.
Hubby doesn’t recall much of Daniel’s birth as he spent most of it in the corner of the theatre on the floor and the anaesthesiologist took all the birth pictures. He’ll deny it of course. He’ll tell you it was extremely hot in there and it was just after midnight.
With the girls he was there all the way, partly because it was less chaotic and partly because he knew what to expect second time around.
But, one of the most special memories of their births is that hubby got to kangaroo-care all of them just after they were born. This basically entailed him baring his proud daddy chest and putting them skin-to-skin to comfort them. I firmly believe this is why they all still favour him, to this day.Kangaroo care
Kangaroo care is widely used in preterm and low birthweight babies
that can breathe independently, but the benefits have proven to be so great that many hospitals now use this technique for all C-Section babies.
One of the most amazing things is that baby’s body temperature depends on Mom’s when placed in the kangaroo care position. This means that baby uses fewer calories to stay warm. And Mom’s breast temperature fluctuates according to baby’s temperature, making it a nice and cosy place for them to be.
I thought this was such a wonderful thing to do, not only for our new little people, but also for Dad as the Dads are often forgotten in all the excitement. And the more involved Dads are, the more involved they will be.
So, whilst I was being taken care of post-partum, hubby went with our babies and got to bond with them and get to know them a little better. And of course tell them how happy we are that they chose us to take care of them.
See a gallery of Tania’s baby pics, then and now
Have you tried kangaroo care? Would you?