G.I.F.T. or Giving Intimate Family Time is the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended practice of immediate skin-to-skin contact between mother and newborn.
Here is how it’s done: A quick check is done to be sure the baby is thriving outside the mother’s womb. Then immediately the baby goes right on the mother’s chest and abdomen, skin-to-skin and both are wrapped together with warm blankets.
The baby is left on the mother uninterrupted for the next 1-2 hours. This GIFT of a lifetime facilitates bonding and attachments while the baby is in the quite alert state.
Research shows that skin-to-skin is the optimal place to maintain the newborn temperature and blood sugar and facilitate breastfeeding.
If you want to start your family out right and live in Southern CA head to Kaiser-OC. Where ever you are located be sure to ask your obstetrician for this same G.I.F.T. for your new family.