Hey, its me again. One of my main fears about UC is how to make sure baby breathes after birth. I plan on leaving the cord attached till its white. But how can I help baby breathe on his own if he's having trouble/taking a long time????? Please Help!!! I need to set my mind at ease about this.
How to get baby to breathe?????
This is one of my fears as well, I hope someone will have some good insight on this. It seems like it is very common that it takes the baby a minute to come around but I'm not sure if it actually is. I have read that rubbing the baby and talking to them helps to stimulate them to take a breath. I haven't had an uc yet but I would like to take a neonatal resuscitation course prior to or during my next pregnancy so I will feel more prepared in that event. I suppose it would be good for my husband to know what to do as well in case I'm not able to do it. Hopefully someone else will have some good input on this.
My last baby took a few minutes to get going. I had a midwife, so she was there to do all the different things to help him breathe. Some things she did was have me hold him face down to help the mucous drain, we rubbed his back somewhat vigorously (she rubbed from his butt towards his head). At one point I gave him a couple breaths; just be very gentle because blowing too hard can collapse a newborn's lungs. We also suctioned him, he was my first baby who needed it. Another thing she did after he was breathing, but still pretty mottled was what she called the 'accordion'. She held the back of his neck and his butt and sort of curled him up. Here are a couple pics of that to show it better.
purpledragonfly, I think that method is also illustrated in this book...not 100%, but think I've seen it there. http://books.google.com/books/about/Emergency_Childbirth.html?id=F3X7IYnG9BIC
Take a Neonatal Resuscitation course. It's more complicated to evaluate whether a non-breathing newborn needs PPV (positive-pressure ventilation) or chest compressions than you are likely to be able to learn about in an internet forum. Infant CPR is absolutely NOT the same thing as neonatal resuscitation, btw.
Seconding that infant CPR is not the same. Not even close. The indications of whether or not to give breaths or do compressions aren't even the same.
If you are going to UC no matter what, educate your self properly. Don't ask such important questions on a random internet forum. Take a course.
most babies don't need help breathing, or at least not having already given a sign that there was distress but a good rub especially on the feet generally will do it or who was it... dr sears or maybe it was ina may who suggested that forcing a startle reflex is a fantastic way. hold baby well and 'drop' them suddenly a few times to make them startle. that should do it.