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Case Report  |   August 1997
Skin-to-skin parental contact with fragile preterm infants
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Case Report   |   August 1997
Skin-to-skin parental contact with fragile preterm infants
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 1997, Vol. 97, 457. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1997.97.8.457
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 1997, Vol. 97, 457. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1997.97.8.457
Abstract

Skin-to-skin contact has been implemented recently to facilitate maternal-infant bonding of preterm infants. The technique allows the removal of fragile preterm infants from an incubator to the bare chest of a parent or caretaker. When specific guidelines are followed, thermal stability can be maintained, parent-infant bonding can be facilitated, and parental satisfaction can be enhanced. We illustrate a case in which a preterm infant has skin-to-skin contact while being monitored for physiologic parameters, including heart and respiratory rate, oxyhemoglobin saturation, and nasal airflow. Improvements in breathing patterns in this infant during skin-to-skin care and maintenance of a normal temperature suggest that this technique may not only be safe and psychologically beneficial, but it may also promote physiologic improvement.