A cute photo of a father and son cuddling newborn babies to their bare chests has sparked a conversation online about the benefits of skin-to-skin contact.

The photo, which shows a Danish father and his eldest son holding the newest additions to their family, was posted on the NINO birth Facebook page, has been shared on social media over 22,000 times.

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Skin to Skin Contact is not "new",but Sweden certainly leads the way in making this care family -friendly even for very tiny babies.
I love this picture of big brother helping his dad care for the twins!!

"Revolutionary and innovative practices in Uppsala, Sweden. Children of 700 grams can be skin to skin on the parent's chest instead of the incubator.

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A Swedish Professor Uwe Ewald, came to Hvidovre hospital (Denmark) to talk about his revolutionary practice, where even very small premature babies are taken out of the incubator to be skin to skin with their parents as much as possible. Premature babies, born three months prematurely, are put on the parent's chest instead of alone in an incubator.

Uwe Ewald points out that the parent's chest regulates the temperature better than an incubator. Skin to skin contact helps the baby to breathe better. The child becomes more calm and gains weight faster. Research shows that parents bacterial flora - compared with hospital bacteria - reduces the risk of serious infections in these delicate children.

100 doctors, nurses and other staff from all over Denmark gather at Hvidovre hospital Friday the 29.5. to hear Uwe Ewald research.
The initiator of the meeting is the Fund "A good start in life" in cooperation with the Neonatal Department at Hvidovre Hospital.
Hvidovre Hospital's neonatal department also has positive experience with skin-to-skin contact and currently has a major research project."

(Translated from the Danish) see below
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The caption of the image reads "Skin to Skin Contact is not "new", but Sweden certainly leads the way in making this care family -friendly even for very tiny babies."

The caption goes on to discuss how in Swedish hospitals, premature babies are taken out of the incubator as often as possible, to allow skin-to-skin contact with their parents.

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The practice is believed to help regulate a baby's temperature and breathing more effectively than an incubator.

The caption also said a baby "becomes more calm and gains weight faster" with skin-to-skin contact, and that "research shows that parents bacterial flora - compared with hospital bacteria - reduces the risk of serious infections in these delicate children."

The story, and the photo has resonated with many parents.

"My son was born in the 28th week and we spent two months in the hospital practicing skin-to-skin contact," one mother wrote on Facebook.

"My son was born at 29 weeks. He weighed three pounds and three ounces, wrote another parent. "He was in the NICU for seven weeks, but it was an amazing experience having skin-to-skin with child daily. He is a healthy and strong now."

-nzherald.co.nz