Photos of two gay men welcoming a baby boy into the world went viral as soon as they hit Facebook. Photographer Lindsay Foster explained to Today.com why the two men are shirtless as they hold the infant as if they are the ones who gave birth to him.
Just before a gestational surrogate gave birth to their son in Kingston, Ontario, a midwife screamed “shirts off” so new dads Frank Nelson and BJ Barone would be ready to hold their baby against their bare chests for skin-to-skin bonding.
(Why are the dads shirtless? Skin-to-skin contact has been shown to have many health benefits for newborns, from temperature regulation to pain management, so it's standard practice at many births now.)
The couple took a few photos of Milo with a cellphone camera, and Nelson joked that they were happy with the 200 “likes” that one received on Facebook. But that was nothing compared to the response that two of Foster’s photos got when she posted them on Facebook, and they quickly went viral.
This is the first time I have ever heard of new fathers being instructed to remove their shirts for skin-to-skin contact with a newborn baby. For that matter I've never heard of new moms being instructed to remove their gowns for skin-to-sin contact with their babies.
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