Skin to Skin Contact for Fathers and Their Babies: Bonding with Your Infant

Media Type: 
Category: 
Prevention Strategy Type: 

Promoting skin to skin practice between dads and their infants is a strategy that ICADV uses to invite men into nurturing caregiving relationships with their children. With this simple behavior that doesn't require extensive funding or training, we can catalyze a progression of positive outcomes with benefits for babies, dads and parenting couples.

Evidence shows that practicing skin to skin contact can help fathers to feel better bonded with their children and more prepared to participate in caregiving responsibilities, which can in turn promote equality in the home, reduce maternal stress, and provide a lived alternative to harmful masculinity norms. Through their skin to skin campaign, ICADV has partnered with a range of healthcare providers, home visitation programs, birthing classes, and the WIC program to promote skin to skin practice in Indiana and to develop promotional posters and brochures about the value of skin to skin.

Promotional materials can be ordered from ICADV's website. Available in English and Spanish.

Create Account

Create an account to save and submit your own prevention resources. Begin here.

Recent News

Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Webinar Announcement 2:00-3:30pm Eastern / 1:00-2:30pm Central / 12:00-1:30pm Mountain / 11:00am-12:30pm Pacific Join PreventConnect, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and experts from the field to discuss ways to challenge homophobia and transphobia in evidence-based programming, how to build an expansive framework for prevention beyond prescribed interventions, and ways mainstream organizations can build allyship and inclusiveness starting today.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
What are the valuable lessons learned from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s DELTA FOCUS recipients? Innovation stories published on the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s PreventIPV narrate the success of various DELTA FOCUS projects in preventing intimate partner violence and provide guidance and inspiration for those currently working to prevent intimate partner violence.

Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer: This website is funded through Grant #90EV0410-03 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program [which incorporates funding provided by the National Center on Injury Prevention and Control/Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCIPC/CDC)]. Neither the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse this website including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided.

Subscribe to the PreventIPV newsletter