During delivery, a Baby Nurse will come in your room give you support and to catch the baby when it emerges.
When a woman is expected to have a low-risk birth, the midwife will typically handle this; if potential risks are considered, a physician will conduct the delivery.
After Birth of Your Baby
- Baby Skin to Skin Contact,
- Breast Feeding,
- Delay Cord Clamping
Once the baby is delivered, well and active, the baby will be placed on the mother’s chest for “skin to skin” contact. Skin-to-skin contact is the practice where a baby is dried and laid directly on their mother's bare chest after birth, both covered in a warm blanket and left for at least an hour or until after the first feed. This will promote warmth to the baby and will encourage bonding between mother and newborn.
The baby will be kept on the mother’s chest for at least one hour, as long as the baby does not develop any breathing problem. If this happens, the baby will be seen by the pediatrician.
Delayed Cord Clamping
Studies have found that delayed cord clamping can have a positive effect on both preterm and full-term babies. Advantages also include decreased risk of iron deficiency (anemia) and the risk of the baby suffering from the severe side effects associated with iron deficiency.
Immediately after delivery, the baby will be dried off and at this time, the nurse also assesses if the baby requires any medical attention. If this is the case, the pediatrician will come and examined the baby right away.
However, if the baby is active and stable, he or she will be kept with the mother and Delayed umbilical cord clamping and cutting (not earlier than 60 seconds after birth) is recommended to allow some of the blood in the umbilical cord and placenta to flow back into the baby.
Breastfeeding is strongly recommended for mothers and babies if at all possible. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria, and provides the ideal nutrition for infants. Research has shown that babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses.
Mothers who are willing and able to breastfeed can get assistance in initiating breastfeeding to your newborn. A lactation expert can help teach proper latching techniques and breastfeeding positions as well as the importance of burping after every feeding.