Skin-to-skin benefits for dads and mums with their newborn baby
As an expecting father, Cam seeks to understand the term ‘skin-to-skin’ and the benefits for newborn babies. In particular, how it can help reduce stress and encourage emotional and social development.
Some of the benefits skin-to-skin touching is proven to support;
- Calming for you and your baby
- Helping your baby to cry less
- Assisting the release of hormones that relieve your baby’s stress
- Assisting with the release of hormones that lower mum’s stress and promotes healing
Skin-to-skin contact with your baby has been scientifically proven to be one of the best things you can do. Hold your baby to your chest and enjoy the emotional benefits, knowing you are improving your baby’s health.
Refer to Sanford Health for further information on the importance of skin-to-skin contact with your baby.
About Cameron Merchant
Australian cricketer Cameron Merchant had a Second XI career in Australia before moving to New Zealand to play first class cricket in 2007. The left-handed batsman (and occasional right-arm off-break bowler) scored more than 1,000 runs in First and Second XI cricket, including two centuries and five half-centuries.
After appearing on Australia’s ‘Married at First Sight’ TV show in 2019, Cam went on to marry his reality TV wife Jules Robinson in real life! The pair are now expecting parents, and Cam joins us to chat about his impending transition to family life.
More resources for expecting dads
Explore the Raising Children Network
Explore the Bright Tomorrows App
We’re along for the ride as Cameron Merchant heads towards fatherhood. Send in your questions, queries and comments on all things firstborns, new bubs and what to expect from parenting.
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