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Parents urged to give babies 'skin-to-skin' cuddles

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Megan Cave found out she needed a cesarean 36 weeks into her pregnancy.

The soon to be new mom was disappointed she wouldn't be able to cuddle daughter Grace in her chest, immediately after birth, like she and her husband Payne had discussed.

"We wanted to do instant skin to skin contact," says Megan.

"We now understand is that babies have nine reflexes that they're born with that come out when that bay is held skin to skin in its natural habitat with mom or support person," says International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Laura Corsig.

Skin to skin or Kangaroo Care is the practice of holding your diapered baby on your bare chest.

And experts say it gives children a good start.

"There is a bonding that is involved and helps develop things like compassion, love, caring and sensitivity," added Corsig.

Kangaroo care has health benefits too.

"The baby being able to regulate their body temperature quicker and for breast feeding purposes," says Megan.

Dad Payne didn't want his daughter to lose out on the benefits of  skin to skin care.

"So we asked the staff there, the doctors and nursing staff if I could do it."

"And their physician said absolutely as long as Grace was stable and she was," says Corsig.

Payne became the first father in Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center's history to hold his baby right after birth.

"It meant a lot to me to build a relationship as quickly as possible with my daughter," says Payne.

Dad was just glad to step in for his wife and be the first person that his daughter met.

"And as soon as the put her in my arms she put her left thumb in her mouth," he added.

Corsig says skin to skin contact is good for all babies but especially for preemies.

The biggest priority is for the baby and the mom to be stable before allowing skin to skin contact.

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