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Midwife Explores Newborn Skin-to-Skin Contact in New Film


For newborn babies, skin-to-skin contact impacts everything from feeding, to bonding, to brain and immune development, but many people are not aware of these important benefits.

Midwife Angie Chisholm of Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology wants to change this. She has been working for two years with director Richard Oyarzabal to produce a documentary film that aims to improve maternity care by promoting skin-to-skin contact between babies and parents.

“We’re 75 percent complete with filming and will be editing and developing the soundtrack this summer,” Chisholm said. “I am excited about our progress!”

Learn more at about the Heart of Touch film and support its production at a benefit event:

The Heart of Touch
May 22, 4 to 7 p.m.
The Vue, 517 SW Second St., Corvallis
Find out more on Facebook at “The Heart of Touch.” 

Certified Nurse Midwife Angela Chisholm cares for patients at Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology in Corvallis and delivers babies at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and has played an integral role in improving access to skin-to-skin care in standard deliveries; but also in situations like Cesarean-section deliveries, adoption and surrogacy.