The Golden Hour • Vicky Athanasiadou

24 Weeks 3 Days

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.

Vicky 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 constantly dreamed of breastfeeding him.

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?

Yes, I saw him and then they rushed him to the NICU.

When did you see your baby for the first time?

At birth and then again more than 24 hours later when I was able to stand up and walk to the NICU.

Do you remember the first time you touched your baby?

Very clearly.

How many days old was your baby when you held him the first time?

42 days old.

How did it feel, to finally hold your baby in your arms?

It was the best day of my life so far!

What would you say to the mother, who’s just given birth prematurely and hasn’t held her baby yet?

It’s worth the wait!