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Table 1 Early skin-to-skin contact: practice, timing and duration

From: Skin-to-skin contact and delivery room practices: a longitudinal survey conducted in Piedmont and the Aosta Valley

Question 2012 28 Wards 2016 26 Wards Odds ratio (95% CI) x2
STSa in the delivery room is routinely offered N = 27 N = 26 1.037 (0.4859–2.214) p = 0.92
STS in the operating room is routinely offered N = 11 N = 11 1.077 (0.3995–2.903) p = 0.91
If the mother gives birth under sedation, STS is offered) N = 12 N = 13 1.167 (0.4517–3.013) p = 0.93
Within how many minutes STS begins? (0–5 minuti) N = 24 N = 26 1.167 (0.5403–2.416) p = 0.84
How long does the STS (lasts the time that the mother wants) N = 18 N = 15 0.8974 (0.3765–2.139) p = 0.98
N = 5 (> 2 h) N = 4 0.8615 (0.2085–3.56) p = 0.87
N = 2 (30 min) N = 2 1.077 (0.1413–8.21) p = 0.65
What position does the mother take during STS (as comfortable as possible) N = 13 N = 7 0.5799 (0.2004–0.5799) p = 0.45
What position does the newborn take during STS (prone between the mother’s breasts) N = 24 N = 20 0.8974 (0.404–1.994) p = 0.95
The cover of the newborn allows to view the face and the head N = 27 N = 26 1.037 (0.4859–2.214) p = 0.92
There are no trusted persons of the woman (father or others) during the skin to skin N = 5 N = 2 0.4368 (0.0768–2.416) p = 0.56
  1. aSTS = Skin to skin