'It's Rewiring Things': How Osher Günsberg Spent His First 90 Minutes As A New Dad
Osher's wife Audrey Griffen gave birth to baby Wolfie last week.
'The Bachelor' host shared that his son was "healthy and happy at 3.97kg" and that Audrey was "utterly astonishing" in bringing their child into the world in a post on Instagram.
He's now opened up about a very special moment in his fatherhood journey -- his first skin-to-skin contact with the newborn just 90 minutes after birth.
"To say that the smell of him seeped into my brain and started to rewire things is an incredible understatement," Osher said of their instant connection.
"We are now a few days in, and between feeds and nappy changes - whenever I can I'm whipping off my shirt and charging up on this little guy like he's an induction stove," he added.
Osher beautifully described the ways his mind has adapted to fatherhood and the process that unfolds when he's holding his son, a younger brother for his stepdaughter, Georgia.
"I don't know how long he'll let me do it - but holy moly I feel the gears shifting between my ears when we cuddle like this," he wrote.
"I can't nurse him like Audrey can - yet when he's grisly but then settles when he's on me? I'll take that feeling as long as I can get," he added.
We're getting a second hand high off the fumes of this extremely pure and primal love that has some serious ~science~ behind it.
"Skin to skin activates the flow of oxytocin, the love hormone, between either parent," breastfeeding and parenting expert Pinky McKay told 10 daily.
"With mum and baby, the release of oxytocin also helps with breastmilk flow as well as what scientists call ‘the chemistry of attachment'."
McKay explained that newborns experience a huge shift in their sensory perspective after leaving the womb and skin-to-skin contact helps them to grow and develop, as well as set the foundations for their ability to love and trust.
"Being held against your warm body will regulate your baby’s temperature and your heartbeat, your voice and movement as you breathe will ease the transition from womb to room," McKay said.
You are helping baby’s brain develop important wiring and setting baby up for a healthy oxytocin response, the ability to love and trust which is so important for later brain and emotional responses --it’s like installing software into a brand-new computer.
And just as Wolfie is experiencing a software upgrade, Osh and Audrey are also experiencing the brain rewiring that comes with young loved ones.
McKay said Osh's feeling of "the gears shifting" is all to do with the release of the loving chemistry.
"Dads will also be releasing other hormones such as beta endorphins, the hormones of pleasure and reward, which encourage more interaction with baby," she said.
"This means that the more Dad interacts with baby, the more he wants to (this chemistry is designed to be addictive), and the stronger the bond develops between Dad and child, which makes parenting easier as baby grows and becomes an active little person."
Skin-to-skin contact isn't a practice that's reserved just for newborns with a bare-chested cuddle helping parents to "notice early subtle cues and body language and to respond to their baby appropriately".
"This will reduce crying, help baby calm and settle and develop confidence in both parents," McKay said.
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