What is SSC?

The table below is a total summary overview of the underlying science for skin-to-skin contact.

Each row links to a “one page abstract”, I shall add more in time. All this information is however explained in greater detail in the various talks that I give, and I am prepared to customise content to courses and workshops with specific needs.

Skin-to-skin contact is
A PLACE
SSC is a place where CARE is provided! Our *care* does not change… it is a place where any *care* we give works with our biology.
Skin-to-skin contact is
OUR BIOLOGY
It is the only place in which newborns have survived for the last million years, and developed toward optimal health.
Skin-to-skin contact is
IN OUR DNA
Our DNA, our genes, are adapted to this PLACE, the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness (EEA).
Skin-to-skin contact is
RIGHT SENSATIONS
The DNA makes a brain that is able to take in expected sensations: mother provides the first sensations that make the brain work well.
Skin-to-skin contact is
NEUROSCIENCE
Birth is a *critical period* – it is the earliest sensations that fire the earliest essential brain pathways, both in the baby and the mother.
Skin-to-skin contact is
BASIS for BREASTFEEDING
SSC makes the brain feel safe, which makes an approach orientation toward the breast; and then also ensures sleep cycling between meals.
Skin-to-skin contact is
*NORMAL*
In our western culture we separate mothers and babies; SEPARATION is highly ABNORMAL to baby’s biology, genes and brain.
Skin-to-skin contact is
OPPOSITE of SEPARATION
Separation is the WRONG PLACE … the physiology is dysregulated, the DNA must adapt, and the brain loses its resilience.
Skin-to-skin contact is
EVIDENCE BASED
Our culture separates mothers and babies ONLY because it is seen as *normal*. There is evidence that separation produces HARM.
Skin-to-skin contact is
FOR ALL NEWBORNS
Skin-to-skin contact for healthy newborns therefore means ZERO SEPARATION from birth.
Skin-to-skin contact is
SPECIALLY for PRETERMS
The more premature a newborn is, the less resilience it has, the more it needs skin-to-skin contact. (But the more we separate … )
Skin-to-skin contact is
BASED ON MOTHER
Mothering is biology … and that biology sees the mother and infant as a DYAD, a single unit. SSC is good for mother’s brain and body also !
Skin-to-skin contact is
GOOD FOR FATHERS
Fathers can and should do SSC. The more premature the baby, the more skin-to-skin is needed, the more father should help.
Skin-to-skin contact is
*SAFE* – BUT DO SAFELY
Everything we do must be done safely – skin-to-skin contact is *the safest* for any baby … but must be done safely – TECHNIQUE matters.