What are the first things that will happen once my baby is born? 

Midwife Suzanne Barber talks you through what will happen immediately after your baby is born.

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What are the first things that will happen once my baby is born?


Suzanne: Immediately after your baby is born, you will notice your baby may be very wet and covered in some really thick creamy substance known as Vernix. Newborn babies are not washed immediately because we want them to keep their temperatures up and stay nice and warm with their mum.


Your midwife will deliver the baby onto your chest. This is known as skin-to-skin or skin-on-skin. It’s the best place for your baby to be because it helps your baby adapt to life outside the womb and this also helps the baby get ready for its first feed.


If you have a caesarean section, you’ll still be encouraged to have your baby skin-on-skin. The midwife will offer you an injection to help deliver the after-birth, or the placenta as it’s commonly known. The umbilical cord will be clamped and cut: you might want to consider who is going to cut the cord. Sometimes your partner will want to do this.


Your baby will need to be examined. They may need a little bit of extra help just to start breathing. There will be very little time where you and your baby will need to be separated.

Unless your baby is born at home, your baby will need to be uniquely identified to you. This is done with two white name-bands normally put one on an ankle and one on a wrist.

Your midwife will also advise you about giving your baby vitamin K. This is an injection, a very small injection, given to your baby to help prevent a bleeding disorder.


You may need some stitches after the birth of your baby. This is done whilst you are still in the delivery room, still having a cuddle with your baby to distract you.  Your baby will need to be checked by a paediatrician or a specially trained midwife. This newborn check is important to make sure your baby is fit and well.




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cmandz01 said on 14 August 2013

I wish this had happened for me when I had my little boy in 2008.

He was removed via ventouse and taken straight away from me and put on a machine like a weighing scale with a light on. Everyone then just left the room.

When my own midwife walked in the room she was horrified. I hadn't even seen him, I didn't know he was a boy and he still and the steel scissors/clippers on his umbilical cord wrapped inside a towel. They left me in stirrups for over 30 mins and left my son on the machine without a word or explanation.

My midwife walked straight over, unwrapped him, sorted him out, let me out of the stirrups and passed him straight to me - then fetched me a cup of tea - she was great!

Lets hope this time is different as I am not going to Huddersfield Infirmary this time but to Calderdale in the hope of a better experience - like the video.

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