The post describes "revolutionary and innovative practices in Uppsala, Sweden," where infants under 700 grams (about 1.5 pounds) are regularly given skin-to-skin contact with their parents.
"A Swedish professor, Uwe Ewald, came to Hvidovre Hospital (Denmark) to talk about his revolutionary practice, where even very small premature babies are taken out of the incubator to be skin-to-skin with their parents as much as possible. Premature babies, born three months prematurely, are put on the parent's chest instead of alone in an incubator," the post says.
"Uwe Ewald points out that the parent's chest regulates the temperature better than an incubator. Skin-to-skin contact helps the baby to breathe better. The child becomes more calm and gains weight faster. Research shows that parents' bacterial flora – compared with hospital bacteria – reduces the risk of serious infections in these delicate children."
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