Blessing Hospital now offers delayed bathing to newborns

Blessing Hospital now offers delayed bathing to newborns

It's not uncommon for newborn babies to receive baths immediately after birth.

One Tri-State hospital is changing that.

"Her name is Arianna Lynn Marie. She was six pounds, 10 ounces, and 20 inches long," explains parents Natonshia and Josh.

Of all the things this baby had to go through after arrival, a bath wasn't one of them.

"We are very excited to be offering delayed bathing to our newborns, what that means is that we are waiting at least 8 hours, usually between 8 to 24 hours to give our brand new babies a bath," says Blessed Beginnings manager Jamie Lash.

Natonshia and Josh Rice are now first time parents.

They decided to take part in this new trend.

"She seems really clean, she doesn't stink or anything like that. She still smells fresh," says Josh. "They said it was best for her, we figured why not do everything we can to start her off with a good start."

When you look at the baby you can't even tell that is hasn't been given a bath.

"The nurse that's taking care of baby is wiping baby off getting some of that gross stuff off of the baby," says Lash.

Leaving the fluid on the baby protects their skin.

It also helps keep the baby healthy - but that's not all.

"Just to allow more time for mamas and babies to bond and give baby that best start to adapt outside of mom," Lash says.
"We were here and she was able to stay with us 100 percent of the time so that was awesome," explains Josh.
"Still getting used to the fact that we are now mom and dad, not shaken waiting for her. It's nice to finally have her here," says Natonshia.

Blessing Hospital has been offering delayed bathing since July.

Of course mothers are allowed to decline this option if they prefer.

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