Time of initiation of skin-to-skin contact in extremely preterm infants in Sweden
Article first published online: 30 JUL 2011
© 2011 The Author(s)/Acta Pædiatrica © 2011 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 101, Issue 1, pages 14–18, January 2012
How to Cite
Mörelius, E., Angelhoff, C., Eriksson, J. and Olhager, E. (2012), Time of initiation of skin-to-skin contact in extremely preterm infants in Sweden. Acta Paediatrica, 101: 14–18. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02398.x
- Issue published online: 5 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 30 JUL 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 6 JUL 2011 10:41AM EST
- Received 28 February 2011; revised 23 June 2011; accepted 30 June 2011.
- Extremely low birth weight;
- Kangaroo mother care;
- Skin-to-skin contact;
- Very low birth weight
Aim: To describe the time of first skin-to-skin contact in extremely preterm infants in a national perspective and to investigate possible factors affecting the time of first skin-to-skin contact.
Methods: A population-based prospective descriptive study of extremely preterm infants (n = 520) in seven regional hospitals in Sweden.
Results: Extremely preterm infants in Sweden experience first skin-to-skin contact with the parent at a median of six postnatal days (range 0–44). Low gestational age, a high score on the clinical risk index for babies, and the number of days on a ventilator tended to delay first skin-to-skin contact. A statistically significant difference was also found between regional hospitals.
Conclusion: There is a difference in the time of first skin-to-skin contact based on the infant’s medical condition and the tradition in the neonatal intensive care unit at the regional hospital where the infant is born.