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post #21 of 37
DS1 was a hospital land birth (a somewhat stressful one - I had pre-e), and he came out squalling.

DS2 was a hospital water birth (as perfect of a birth as I could ask for in a hospital), and he just looked around peacefully, checking things out and almost smiling.

Although by no means a high needs baby, DS1 was much fussier than DS2. DS2 is an all-around content, chill-out baby. So I don't know for sure if the crying was due to the type of birth or just personality of the babe.

Oops - didn't realize this was the UC forum - Obviously I don't have any direct experience with that. But the concept is probably similar.
post #22 of 37
all 3 of mine were unassisted water births.
The first, I was by myself. I lifted him from the water and was just staring into his eyes in awe. He was looking at me, reaching for me, silent and perfect... that moment is frozen in my memory. Then my conscious (imprinted with society) thought interrupted this perfect moment "He's not crying. Is he breathing? You haven't suctioned him!" and I felt afraid for a split second, which in retrospect is really funny cause he was looking around, alert, taking everything in, and obviously he was breathing just fine! But, nonetheless, I turned him over and patted his back (feeling like it was something I was supposed to do ) and then he DID cry cause he didn't care for that! I don't know how much time elapsed, though.
My second cried right after i lifted him out of the water. The labor was difficult and I think he was a little upset about that and about being out... He kept trying to bury his little head in the crook of my arm. his birth is on video (and youtube) so i can see, literally only seconds go by before he's crying.
My third (also on video & youtube) was a very quick birth and I was more aware of him getting started... I rubbed his back and watched for him to breath... It felt like a minute passed, and I felt both nervous and confident at the same time (if that makes sense) But looking at the video, he starts to look around and move his limbs at about 15 seconds and that was when it was clear to me that he was starting up just fine... He didn't cry til almost 40 seconds, though and he didn't give a real Scream til he pooped for the first time.
FWIW, those first moments are so much different when you are THERE experiencing them with all your senses & intuition. When I watch my videos, the lights are dim and the sound quality isn't great. The babies look bluer and limper, and there's a sense of suspense about the breathing that I feel when I'm watching but didn't feel at the time... I guess there are just so many subtle observations of the newborn that the camera doesn't pick up very well.

post #23 of 37
DD1 was a land birth, came out screaming. DD2 was a water birth and started crying as soon as she hit air. DS was another water birth and never cried, just laid there quietly. He is 5 months old now and someone just asked me this morning if he ever cries, he is always so quiet.
post #24 of 37
Originally Posted by Peony View Post
DD1 was a land birth, came out screaming. DD2 was a water birth and started crying as soon as she hit air.
Just like this for my self caught babies.
My first was quietly looking around until he was jostled all over.
post #25 of 37
All 3 of my babes have "cried" before they were fully born (heads but not bodies out). DS1 cried a lot, DS2 a less aggressive cry, and DD squawked a few times - totally in line with their personalities. All land home births.
post #26 of 37
No UC's, (yet!) but here is my experience:
First 3 came out crying as soon as they "landed"! My fourth was a water birth and it was about a minute and a half to two minutes before she gave us that little reassuring sound! I was holding her and knew she was just chilling and adjusting, but DH defs was a little worried! Just different from the previous 3. I think the MW then gave her blow by O2 just to get that panicked look off his face! She was perfectly happy! So covered in vernix the mws were trying to figure out her skin colour for the apgars but i guess i was up close and personal...she seemed perfectly pink to me! And as it turns out, 16 months on she still hardly cries. Very chilled LO.
post #27 of 37
1st babe (hospital-land) cried as soon as his head was out

2nd babe (hospital-land) cried immediately after body was out

3rd babe (UC-land) cried as soon as her head was out and was pink and screaming right away
post #28 of 37
Both my births were land...
1 - hospital - she was born pink and screaming but I don't remember her crying. She was screaming in the pic of her being put on my chest so she probably stopped as soon as I cuddled her up.
2 - home/unassisted - she was born purplish and it took her a while to open her eyes and get going. She finally let out a cry when we were on the phone with the midwife several minutes later and it was just a tiny one. I think the only reason I remember that is because the midwife mentioned hearing her cry. She was born so fast I think she was a little shocked.
post #29 of 37
post #30 of 37
Three waterbirths. First one didn't cry till we left the water and she felt the cold air on her body but she was breathing fine well before that. I can't really remember the second. I don't remember the third crying at all but she breathed right away too. She was just nice and calm and happy.
post #31 of 37
I don't remember any of mine crying after birth...coughing and making a little noise maybe. My fourth went to sleep immediately after birth- we were like "is he okay?" but he was breathing fine and his little heart was beating strong!
post #32 of 37
DD was a long, slow labor and delivery. My hormones had me feeling very high. DD looked at me and blinked a bit before breathing. She did not cry until I lifted her out of the water and onto my shoulder, definitely over a minute from her birth. I remember starting to think, it was time for her to breath and she did.

DS was a short, straight forward labor and delivery. I was bummed to not have a high like I did after DD. He cried almost right away. I do think I held him higher up immediately, although I did not plan to do that.

I wonder if the intense hormones helped DD enter the world a little more peacefully.
post #33 of 37
My UC babe didn't cry at all, not until the next day anyways. He actually didn't do much of anything, and we weren't in the water either. He was an excellent color, just pooped from my long labor(29 hours if you count my 20 hour stall at 10 cm dilated). No real attempt to breathe either. After rubbing his belly, I put my heart to his chest, and heart a perfect strong beating heart, better and faster than finding a stethoscope, IMO. That was all I needed to know for sure that he was okay. I always knew he would be, but when he came out seemingly asleep, I admit I got a bit nervous. It all worked out perfectly.
post #34 of 37
My babe didn't cry right after birth. But he was a great pink color so we knew he was fine. I was still in labor land time but I sat there and held him for a while after he was born. He only began crying once we cut the umbilical cord (once it stopped pulsing) and I handed him over to Dad so I could stand up and shower. He was born in the bath tub although there was no water in it. But it did make for quick and easy clean up!
post #35 of 37
my son sneezed about 30 seconds after birth... and I knew he had to be breathing to sneeze! He only fussed slightly maybe a minute later. But was pink, eyes open and moving around the whole time.
post #36 of 37
I can honestly say that I don't remember my first 3 (hospital births). But, my 2 ucs didn't cry at birth. They both just looked at me and snuggled against my chest. Perfect, really.
post #37 of 37
both my kids (#1 mw hb, #2 UC) were crying before their head was all the way out.

the uc i just attended (weird, long story), the baby took over a minute to cry, ans then it was very quiet. she was perfectly healthy and is a very mellow, sweet, happy quiet baby.

hth! and i hope you have a peaceful birth!
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