Information for the public
When your baby is born
You may choose to pick your baby up straight after the birth, or he or she will be passed to you to hold. You will be encouraged to have skin‑to‑skin contact with your baby, and she or he will be covered with a towel or blanket for warmth. Your baby's cord should not be clamped or cut straight away. If you would like to breastfeed your baby, you can do so as soon as you wish, and you will be encouraged to start within 1 hour of the birth. You shouldn't be separated from your baby, unless this is essential to provide urgent care.