Importance of skin to skin time with newborns

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Importance of skin to skin time with newborns

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Skin to skin is one of my favorite topics. We get to hear a lot about how it's good for breastfeeding and it's good for their vitals like keeping the heart rate stable and their temperature stable. But what we don't get to hear so much about is how the skin itself is responding as the largest organ of the body. When babies are born, they're almost completely sterile, and they come from the amniotic fluid, which has a pH of 7. So immediately they need to adjust from a water environment to an air environment. And the most important part of that happens immediately after birth. So if you think about taking a baby that's been born and putting them somewhere else, other than in mom's arms, they're being exposed potentially to pathogenic bacteria, only what's left behind after a surface has been sterilized, versus having them directly on mom's chest or on a caretaker's chest. Then they have the opportunity to be covered with the bacteria that will keep them healthy and help them thrive.

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Natural Skincare Expert

Kim Walls is an accomplished entrepreneur and internationally recognized skincare expert focused on optimizing health through skincare. Leading child health advocacy groups and national media rely on Kim's clinical expertise to help parents navigate the often confusing world of natural skincare.

As a fourth generation entrepreneur, and second-generation expert on anti-aging skincare products, she has combined her experience and expertise to create clinically effective, organic skincare products for pregnant women and children.

For more than a decade, Walls has honed her clinical perspective focusing on botanically based skincare and transdermal nutrient absorption as a pathway to improved health and beauty for women and children. She shares her experience internationally with dermatologists and estheticians, as well as childbirth and postpartum professionals, underscoring the relationship between optimum health and skincare.

She is dedicated to leveraging the advances of new technology to share that knowledge with new and growing families to support the enhanced health and immunity that effective, all natural products can provide.

Kim’s strong, personal commitment to organic and environmentally-responsible living is at the core of green manufacturing and product development. As the mother of two young boys, she has coupled her innate understanding of the importance of sustainability with her post-graduate work in biochemical and nutritional sciences to establish a new standard in skincare research and products that supports lasting health for today’s families.

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