I remember lying flat staring at a big white light trying to distract myself from everything around me, I didn’t want to see the needles or the blood…I felt weak already! I closed my eyes and started to dose off. All I could hear was machines beeping and doctors talking, sounds which were faintly disappearing… Everything was in a daze until I heard the sound of my baby’s cry! It brought me right back – out of the haze. It was a sound I was counting down too… The music of a newborns cry is so special, it will make your heart skip a beat without you even realising it.
“After an emotional rollercoaster journey, she’s here”, I thought to myself. At that moment, I wanted to jump up and grab her in my arms but I was helpless…on a theatre table. I shouted at my husband: “Bring my baby, bring my baby now and don’t forget to grab my glasses!” All I wanted to do was look into her eyes.
My husband carried Kitana and placed her on my chest but I still couldn’t see her because he had forgotten to bring my glasses!
It was touch that bonded us together… From the moment he laid this tiny person on my chest, I knew she was meant to be mine. I did not know that I could love so much until I felt her touch… The power of touch had connected us already. I could feel tiny fingers and a wriggly body moving on my chest…
Vije finally put on my glasses and I stared at her… As the light glistened, in her big black eyes, inside I slowly started to cry. I knew from that moment onwards I wouldn’t let her go. I wanted to keep her in my arms forever.
Do you remember the first time you held your baby? What was that feeling like?
Did you know that touch is the most natural form of communication?
“A touch is a body, mind and soul connection, its effect on you, is deeper than any ocean.” – Cattie.
When I watched Kate Ogg & Jamie’s story, it finally made me understand the true power of touch. Doctors told the couple that their son had died, but something unexpected happened. While Kate snuggled her prematurely-born son and began talking to him, he moved. The method Kate practised was Kangaroo care. I suggest you grab a box of tissues and watch this beautiful video if you haven’t already.
Many people don’t realise the importance of skin-to-skin after birth or even the importance of bath time and massages for babies.
5 Benefits of Skin-to-Skin after birth:
- It helps create a bond for breastfeeding.
- It helps produce milk.
- Regulates breathing and helps keep baby warmer.
- Reduces postpartum depression.
- Helps with better gut health and immunity.
Learn more about the benefits here.