I am an older doula who is having a hard time trying to convince hospital staff that mothers and babies should have skin to skin immediately and uninterrupted for an hour or so after birth. Some nurses and doctors are great with this but they are in the minority. My efforts to talk about it with nurses leaves me with the emotional equivalent of having a door slammed in my face.
I have been working on developing a handout for parents that is fast and easy to read that would convince them that the research is real. I want to convince them that they can delay learning what the baby weighs and delay calling relatives about the birth until after that first hour. I am finding this a harder handout to develop than others I have done over the years.
I talk about skin to skin and the many advantages a lot with my clients ahead of time. They all seem like they want that advantage but when the time comes, a nurse often says, "Let me just take the baby for a minute to _______(fill in the blank with just about anything)." And then the baby is handed over by the mother who is still feeling dazed by the birth.
Does anyone have a great handout already prepared? I would be thrilled to see it.