Orvepod Enables Skin-To-Skin Contact Between Mothers and their Babies

Clinical studies have shown Orvecare’s orve+pod to be effective in maintaining thermoregulation.

The neonatal and newborn baby warming blanket is a simple, cost-effective solution that can be used without a secondary heat source, or placed in a blanket heater to precharge.

We are continuing to work with hospitals, doctors and midwives, conducting clinical trials to prove orve+pod’s effectiveness further.

One of the main pieces of feedback we’ve received so far is how orve+pod empowers mothers and fathers to have immediate skin-to-skin contact with their babies.

“orve+pod is extremely popular with both the patients and midwives. We use the wraps during elective Caesarean Sections (LSCSs) to keep the mother, and the newborn baby normothermic,” Dr Claire Williams, James Cook University Hospital tells us.

“We are currently undertaking a study to determine if this means we have increased our rate of immediate skin-2-skin with elective LSCSs. So far, the evidence shows that more mothers are now able to have immediate skin-to-skin with their babies, which increases maternal satisfaction, breastfeeding rates and reduces hypoglycaemia in neonates.”

ORVEWRAP+ baby pod

Skin-to-skin contact is when babies are held naked against their mother’s skin. Newborn babies lack the ability to stabilise body temperature, and skin-to-skin is the closest they can get to being back in the warmth and security of the womb.

It’s recommended that babies and their mothers are in direct contact for at least the first one to two hours after birth. Today, we’re exploring the benefits of skin-to-skin for both mother and baby.

Initiates breastfeeding.

The first few hours after delivery is a special time for parents and their baby, especially when it comes to bonding.

When a baby is placed closed to their mum’s chest, their natural instincts kick in, which help them locate, latch on and breastfeed.

UNICEF, WHO and WABA, along with the scientific community, strongly recommend initiating breastfeeding within half an hour of birth.

However, even if mum isn’t planning on breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact is a crucial part of the baby’s first few hours of life.

Transfers good, healthy bacteria.

Skin-to-skin is particularly crucial for babies delivered by Caesarean. Usually, passage through the vaginal birth canal transfers good bacteria and enables to baby’s gut to be colonised.

However, with Caesarean, this isn’t the case, so early exposure to the mother’s bacteria through skin-to-skin helps babies develop a range of healthy bacteria.

Helps parents bond with their babies.

There’s no doubt that the first few hours of parent-baby bonding are magical.

Close skin-to-skin contact with both mum and dad helps the baby learn signals sooner, whether they’re hungry, full or uncomfortable. Communication is a huge part of bonding as it helps the baby develop a sense of trust and security; meanwhile, this contact can also reduce crying and feelings of separation.

Reduces pain relief.

Research has demonstrated that babies who have had to undergo clinical procedures experience less pain when held skin-to-skin during or afterwards.

This study proved that skin-to-skin contact decreased injection pain and duration.

Regulates body temperature.

One of the key ways skin-to-skin contact helps neonatal and newborn babies is regulating their body temperature.

A parent’s body is better than a forced air warming device. Being close to mum or dad’s skin helps stabilise a baby’s core temperature.

orve+pods are made from a six-layer lamination that captures heat (the heat from the parent’s and baby’s bodies), redistributing it to maintain normothermia.

Find out more about Orvepod and ORVEWRAP+ here. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please speak with a member of our team now.