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Care of the newborn infant during maternal-infant separation. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, November 2009, Pages: 60
Providing care for the newborn might differ in many ways after a caesarean birth or a complicated birth from what we know of care of natural childbirth delivered babies. This book illuminates that from the perspective of the newborn infant, a father’s care immediately following birth and during maternal separation is comparable to the mother’s care, except that a mother can breastfeed. The care was similar to what was previously found with mothers during the first hours after birth. A caregiving model where the fathers hold their infants skin-to- skin, in an upright position on their chest has a positive impact on the infant’s crying, pre-feeding behavior and breathing adaptation and might enhance the subsequent mother-infant reunion. It might be important for parents to be closely involved in the event of cesarean birth including care of the newborn infant. This book should be especially useful to them and to midwives at perinatal education, midwifery education, delivery wards and antenatal clinics. It is also of interest to primary health care nurses in contact with parents during the first week of a baby’s life.
Kerstin Erlandsson is a midwife and primary health care nurse with 20 years of clinical experience. She is a senior lecturer at School of Health Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen Univeristy, Västerås, Sweden. Kerstin completed in 2007 her doctoral thesis. Her supervisors were Professor Kyllike Christensson and Professor Ingegerd Fagerberg.