Dads' newborn cuddles count too: study

Compared to clothed hugs, babies benefit from skin-to-skin contact with fathers after caesarean

Newborns separated from their mothers due to a caesarean delivery fared better when they received skin-to-skin contact with their father versus simply being held by the father while clothed or left alone in a cot, a study finds.

Analysis of data on 95 infants showed those who received skin-to-skin contact from fathers had significantly higher heart rates and wakefulness than babies without this contact, according to the report in Acta Paediatrica.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm recruited 95