MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist, Dr. Arpitha Chiruvolu, at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney in Texas, recently contributed to a groundbreaking study on the effects of skin-to-skin care on late preterm and term infants at-risk for Neonatal Hypoglycemia. The results of the study encouraged Dr. Chiruvolu and staff to incorporate skin-to-skin care in the hospital’s postnatal glucose homeostasis protocol. Skin-to-skin care is also being performed on all the infants, including those not at risk for neonatal hypoglycemia as it has numerous other benefits including better postnatal transition. Other hospitals in the Baylor Scott & White Health Care system are also adopting this change of practice. “We believe in mother and infant being together,” said Dr. Chiruvolu. “We used a physiologic process, skin-to-skin care, which made a big difference in avoiding mother infant separation. Skin-to-skin care also increased exclusive breastfeeding rates at discharge.”
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