The Golden Hour is the uninterrupted skin-to-skin time experienced by mother and baby in the hour immediately following birth.
As mothers of preemies and NICU babies, we often wait days, and sometimes weeks, to hold our babies for the first time.
And though we’ve waited, when the time comes for us to revisit the golden hour we missed following our births, we feel just as bonded to our babies, and the moment is equally unforgettable.
Carrita shares her story.
During your pregnancy, when you thought about meeting your baby for the first time, what did you hope for, what did you see?
After having two miscarriages, I just prayed that I’d be able to give birth to strong and healthy baby. I prayed for a full term pregnancy and no complications.
How many weeks pregnant were you when you gave birth?
What was your baby’s birth weight?
Were you able to see, touch or hold your baby immediately after the birth?
Do you remember the first time you touched your baby?
Absolutely. I remember it vividly.
When did you see your baby for the first time?
I saw him the day after giving birth and it was 19 days before I could hold him.
How did it feel, to finally hold your baby in your arms?
I was ecstatic but terrified at the same time. He was so fragile and full of wires.
What would you say to the mother, who’s just given birth prematurely and hasn’t held her baby yet?
I know that it’s incredibly hard, but the moment you finally hold them it will be unforgettable!