Primping post-delivery, vs. skin-to-skin contact and bonding?

20 November 2010 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

Just read this in The Boston Globe–crazy! Apparently because of Facebook and other technologies and posting post-delivery pictures online, there’s a new trend of women bringing make-up and hair products to primp immediately post delivery: “The time to put on your face — assuming that there were no complications with the delivery and the baby is healthy — is, apparently, about 20 minutes after the big event.” Seriously? Twenty minutes after birth a mom should be holding her baby, cord still attached, on her chest! Has anyone heard of skin-to-skin bonding, or letting the baby initiate breastfeeding?

The article goes on to quote one woman as saying, “What’s your choice? Taking care of yourself at the hospital and making sure you look decent in the photos, or shying away from the camera and being invisible when the baby’s born?’’ Uh, really? What’s your choice? How about focusing on your baby and not worrying about pictures?

–Christina

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