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.
Noemi 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?
I just wanted to see her. See her moving and breathing. All I saw was beauty and a miracle.
How many weeks pregnant were you when you gave birth?
What was your baby’s birth weight?
2 lbs 3 oz
Were you able to see, touch or hold your baby immediately after the birth?
When did you see your baby for the first time?
On day two after birth.
Do you remember the first time you touched your baby?
How many days old was your baby when you held her the first time?
On day 3 after birth.
How did it feel, to finally hold your baby in your arms?
I felt complete. I cried.
What would you say to the mother, who’s just given birth prematurely and hasn’t held her baby yet?
You’re not alone. There are so many moms feeling what you feel. Look for support in other NICU mommies. And don’t give up. Never lose faith. Stay strong… You’re baby is stronger than you think. They were born fighters and they will conquer the world.