What Happens Right After Birth?

What Happens Right After Birth?

When you're pregnant, it's natural to focus on the birth of your baby. But it's also a good idea to know what happens after giving birth.

skin-to-skin contact

Skin-to-skin contact really helps to bond. It's a good idea to have your baby on you as soon as they're born and before the cord is cut, so you can be close to each other right away.

Having skin-to-skin contact with your baby soon after birth will help keep him warm and calm and their breathing steady. Skin-to-skin contact means putting your baby naked or just wearing a diaper on your skin and keeping both of you under the blanket. When the cord is clamped, your baby is released and then dried and covered with a towel to keep them from getting cold. You can continue to hold and cuddle your baby.

Skin-to-skin contact becomes a bonding experience for you and your baby. It's also a great time for first breastfeeding. If you need help, your midwife will support you with positioning and breastfeeding.

Skin-to-skin contact is always good. It will help to relax you and your baby during the first few days and weeks. It also helps your baby hold onto your breast using their natural crawling and grasping reflexes. If your baby needs to spend some time in special care, if skin contact is delayed for any reason, you can still bond with and breastfeed your baby. If necessary, your midwife will show you how to express your breast milk until your baby is ready to breastfeed. They can also help you establish skin-to-skin contact with your baby as soon as possible.

If your baby was born by cesarean section, you can still have skin-to-skin contact with your baby right after birth.

There may be some of your blood on your baby's skin and the oily white substance "vernix" that protects your baby's skin in the womb. If you prefer, you can ask the midwife to dry your baby and wrap him in a blanket before cuddling. Mucus may need to be cleared from your baby's nose and mouth. Some babies need a little help regulating their breathing. Your baby can be taken to another part of the room to get some oxygen. They will be brought back to you as soon as possible. Your baby will be examined, weighed and possibly measured by a midwife or pediatrician and given a tape with your name on it.

Vitamin K for newborn babies

You will be offered a vitamin K injection for your baby. This helps prevent a rare bleeding disorder called hemorrhagic disease of the newborn. If you choose not to give your baby an injection, they can take vitamin K by mouth instead, but they will need more doses.

Stitches for lacerations or episiotomy

Small tears and scrapes are often left unstitched because they usually heal better that way. If you need stitches or other treatments, you should be able to continue to cuddle your baby. If you have had a large tear or episiotomy, you will need stitches. If you've already had an epidural, it can be refilled. If you haven't, you'll be offered a local anesthetic to numb the area. Your midwife or maternity support worker will help you wash and freshen up before heading to the postpartum ward.

Prevention of postpartum bleeding

Postpartum bleeding (PPK) is a rare complication where you bleed heavily from the vagina after your baby is born. There are 2 types of PPK, depending on when the bleeding occurs:

1. Primary or emergency - bleeding that occurs within 24 hours of delivery

2. Secondary or delayed - bleeding that occurs after the first 24 hours up to 6 weeks postpartum

Sometimes PPK happens after birth because your uterus isn't contracting strongly enough. It can also happen because part of the placenta remains in your uterus or because of an infection in the lining of the uterus (endometritis). To help prevent PPK, you will be offered an injection of oxytocin when your baby is born. This stimulates contractions and helps push the placenta out.