After Birth

You’ve prepared yourself for nine months on what to expect during labor you’ve read all the baby books and taken all the prenatal classes. But nothing quite prepares you for what happens immediately after the baby is born. If you have a vaginal birth, your baby will be placed immediately onto your stomach, and covered with a warm towel and hat. Nurses may also suction your baby’s mouth and nose in order to clear the breathing passages.

As for the umbilical cord, your partner can cut it and a sample of umbilical cord blood will be taken, in order to check your baby’s blood type and to use for additional tests. In addition to that, your baby will be weighed and measured, given antibiotic drops in the eyes, in order to protect against infections and will receive an injection of Vitamin K, to help prevent blood clotting. And after all is said and done, if both you and baby are up to it, you can begin to breastfeed and really start to bond with your new bundle of joy.

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