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Nine Stages of the Sacred Hour

The 9 stages of the Sacred Hour.

Trust yourself. The baby knows what to do!

Your new baby’s first hour is truly sacred. Begin his or her life right by placing the baby directly on Mommy’s bare chest immediately after birth and watch as nature takes over. Follow along the baby’s journey and see if you can identify and record the nine stages throughout the next hour.

STAGE 1 BIRTH CRY

Distinctive cry occurs immediately after birth as Baby’s lungs expand.

STAGE 2 RELAXATION

The newborn exhibits no mouth movements and the hands are relaxed. (after approx. 1 min.)

STAGE 3 AWAKENING

The newborn exhibits small movements in the head and shoulders. (after approx. 3 min.)

STAGE 4 ACTIVITY

The newborn begins to make increased mouthing and suckingmovements; baby opens eyesand may look for Mommy. (after approx. 8 min.)

STAGE 5 RESTING

The newborn may have periods of rest between periods of activity throughout The Sacred Hour. Keep the newborn skin-to-skin with Mommy and covered in
a warm, dry towel or blanket. (anytime)

STAGE 6 CRAWLING

The newborn approaches the breast with short periods of movement that result in reaching for the breast and nipple. (after approx. 35 min.)

STAGE 7 FAMILIARIZATION

The newborn becomes acquainted with Mommy by licking the nipple and touching and massaging her breast (after approx. 45 min.)

STAGE 8 SUCKLING

The newborn takes the nipple, selfattaches, and suckles. Time may vary. For example, if Mommy had anesthesia during labor, it may take more time skin-to-skin for the baby to complete the stages and begin suckling. (after approx. 1 hour)

STAGE 9 SLEEP

The newborn (and sometimes Mommy) fall into a restful sleep. (after approx. 1 hour)

The Sacred Hour is now complete. It’s time to make it official and collect those particulars the world has been patiently waiting for. Remember, Mommy and Baby cannot repeat the first hour, so they need to receive support from hospital staff and family.