Weights can wait!
Research shows the benefits of this undisturbed first hour, where weights, measurements, and other treatments are delayed, are numerous. Breastfeeding success increases, the baby is better able to regulate his body systems, parent-infant bonds are secured, and the infant’s immune system is improved.
Often as a doula, I find parents are not really sure what to do with this time. It’s unexpected. Media and past experiences have conditioned us to expect that the baby is born, the cord is cut, and the baby is whisked away to a warmer where he is measured, cleaned, swaddled and more, before being handed back to the joyful parents. It has been found that by quickly separating the baby and the parent, both become distressed, interfering with bonding and breastfeeding.