Mothers who give birth naturally do bond faster with their baby than mothers who undergo a Cesarean Section. Bonding is a special attachment between a mother, father, and their newborn baby. This special attachment is what makes parents want to naturally care for their newborn baby. Bonding happens in a variety of ways, some of which include touching and holding your baby, looking at them, feeding and caring for them. Bonding after having a Cesarean Section can be exceptionally difficult due to not being able to see your newborn or hold them for a period of time after giving birth. Bonding is essential and requires patience and it can be challenging at times, but it should happen.
A natural birth creates a stronger bond between a mother and her new baby. Natural labor is not something that mothers have to go through, the process provides benefits for the mother and baby. Oxytocin is a bonding hormone that acts through closeness, affection, and mostly skin to skin contact. The discharge of this particular hormone provides the contractions needed to deliver the baby. Oxytocin remains at a high quantity in the brain for usually an hour after birth but it may stay longer depending. This type of hormone provides both the mother and baby with increased feelings of trust and calmness, while reducing the feeling of anxiety so the mother can forget and not concentrate on the discomfort they may have experienced. This hormone sets the phase for successful nursing of the baby, but the first nursing time can lead to continued discharge of the hormone. While the Oxytocin process acts in the mothers brain to perform various caring maternal behaviors and to teach the mom to want to hold her baby more than anything and react to its cries.
Skin to skin contact is an important step in bonding. Early skin to skin contact is a process that involves placing the newborn chest down on the mother’s bare chest and covering the baby for warmth. Delivering naturally and being able to hold your baby while having skin contact benefits the baby towards nursing later on. In 2012, researchers working pulled results from 34 randomized, controlled trials in a meta-analysis. The researchers found out that newborn babies who were assigned to receive early skin to skin contact care were 2 times more likely to be nursing at 3-6 months, compared to babies who received routine hospital care. After delivering a baby naturally, the mother is able to move around and carry the baby very soon after birth which is great for bonding but after a Cesarean it is not possible right away. While after a C-Section, the rates of skin to skin contact are very low. After a C-Section, the baby is usually taken to a warmer place and is examined, than are taken to a nursery while the mother is taken to the recovery unit. This is usually a couple of hours of separation between a mother and her new baby which is a barrier to bonding.
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