I do know what you are talking about! I had two babes.. a land babe and a waterbirth babe...and my waterbirth babe was screaming the moment she was born, so it isn't true in her case...but my midwife and waterbirth tub rental lady have stated that they can sometimes take a little longer for that first breath, as they don't always seem to know that they have been born. It makes sense to me! There is a...what..30 degree difference between the inside of the womb and the outside. A big jolt that causes them to suck in a big breath of air. And the water should be set right at 98 degrees, so they are born from 98.6 to somewhere between 99 and 98 degrees, they don't always notice the difference in going from water to water. Then the mothers chest is warmer then 98.6 (perfected by nature to be the perfect baby warmer) so, babe is right up there on mama, and it can sometimes take a little longer. If we hang out and let baby do it, which can be scary sometimes (and depending on the midwife, she might take over) babe should and most likely will figure it out. I have seen a waterbirth where the babe didn't breath for a good 40 seconds after coming out of the water. The midwife (who happened to also be my midwife CPM) held onto the cord and felt the pulsing giving the baby oxygen. So she was never worried, always knowing babe was getting the oxygen from the placenta. Then babe, after about 40 seconds or so, began crying and pinked right up!! I would do some more research if you are concerned about it! And congratulations on your upcoming birth! I hope you have a wonderful gentle labor and a very pink baby!
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