By Audrey Klus, nursing; Cassie Eicher, Nursing
Advisor: Lori Trammel
Abstract: Research evidence suggests that mothers and their newborns who engage in skin to skin contact during the first 60minutes after birth (also known as The Golden Hour) both experience improved psychologic and physiologic outcomes. In newborns, positive outcomes include stabilized respiratory rates, temperature control, reduced jaundice, improved sleep patterns, and increased attachment to the mother. In breastfeeding mothers, the outcomes include a decreased risk of bleeding and improved interactions with the newborn. The purpose of our education project is to inform expectant mothers about the importance of mother-infant bonding through a bonding practice called Kangaroo Care during the Golden Hour. The goal is to educate about the importance of Kangaroo Care and the benefits of skin to skin contact during the Golden Hour to improve mother-infant bonding. We created an evidence-based education session to present to expectant mothers participating in an Understanding Newborn Skills class at Mercy Fairfield Hospital in March 2020. The education session will include a PowerPoint presentation, informational handouts, and demonstration of proper technique in Kangaroo Care. A post-education session evaluation will be conducted to assess the expectant mothers' understanding of this topic and its importance for them and their newborn post-delivery. Evaluation results analyzed and findings presented at this event.