Babies should be skin to skin for the first 1-2 hours after birth when possible. Skin to skin should happen whether the mother has had a vaginal or cesarean birth and also regardless of breast or bottle feeding. This should be where baby is placed straight on the mothers skin with either a diaper or no diaper. Skin to Skin is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Often times, in a hospital setting, we see babies placed on mom straight away but then taken over to the warmers for Apgar Tests just seconds later. Did you know you have the option to keep baby skin to skin with you though as long as both mother and baby are doing well? Baby can be dried off and skin to skin with mom with a warm blanket covering the two of them to keep warm. Apgar scores can also be done while baby is skin to skin with mom. Weight and height can be done after the first 2 hours postpartum, neither are going to drastically change within that time. Most of the time when skin-to-skin is done this way baby never even needs to be placed in the warmer since the mother's body will keep baby warm.
This mom requested that her baby be put straight to her chest and stay there for the first 2 hours of life. Her providers were great about listening to her wishes and working around her and baby nursing to get what they needed without disturbing the two of them. Once the 2 hour mark had hit, mom requested that they come back in and get babies height and weight and then she was placed straight back on to mom.