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The University of Chicago Medicine - The Family Birth Center

Bonding With Your Newborn

The bonding experience starts as soon as possible for parents and newborns at the Family Birth Center. We routinely follow evidence-based baby bonding practices, including:

Skin-to-Skin (Kangaroo Care)

We encourage skin-to-skin with both parents after vaginal and cesarean deliveries (C-sections) — even with delayed cord clamping.

Rooming In (Couplet Care)

Keeping parents and baby together during your hospital stay helps you all get to know each other and start enjoying your first memorable moments together sooner. Rooming in also promotes breastfeeding and allows our specialists ample opportunities to support you with education and guidance as needed, such as helping you learn to recognize your baby's feeding cues.

Early Breastfeeding

We encourage breastfeeding within one hour of birth whenever possible — even after some C-sections.

What If Certain Bonding Practices Are Not an Option for My Family Right Away?

Under certain circumstances, there may be concern that some bonding practices — such as rooming in, skin-to-skin or breastfeeding — could interfere with care for mother or baby. In these cases, it's okay to delay these practices until the first safe opportunity as needed.

With separation between birth and bonding practices, some parents may experience feelings of guilt — or "baby bonding blues." While immediate bonding is a priority, safety is always our highest priority. Be assured that any delay in bonding practices will only occur with your family's overall best interest in mind.