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|After what seemed an eternity, the head turned and the next surge came to birth the rest of the baby, and out baby came with two tight loops of cord around her neck. Col pulled the first loop off, and Jodi got he second, then the baby was placed skin to skin up on my side. She was a little limp, so we rubbed her and talked to her a little, but a few quick puffs with the bag were required, as the cord had stopped pulsing pretty much immediatelyafter the birth.
We needed to hop out of the bath in order to give our little one a little more oxygen, and it was when I passed her to Jodi so I could get up that we saw she was girl. After a few more puffs with the bag, her chest was rising and falling strongly. Poor Jodi had been waiting for that telltale first cry to indicate she had taken that vital first breath, but Willow felt it more appropriate to remain calm and quiet for her first moments in this world.
|I don't think it's necessary to even move the cord over the head. In my eyes, that's alot like cutting it. Any fiddling with the cord will start the contraction of the Wharton's Jelly and begin the vessels clamping down. Exposure to air is also bad, as it does the same thing.|
|My mw said my dd's cord clamed down immediately upon air exposure, so basically my dd was cut off as soon as she was born. She was a bit slow to breath as well.|
Originally Posted by Quickening
Defrenestator, THANK YOU!!! That link is excellent! According to it, the APGAR of my dd would be at least a 7 at one minute after birth (she was given a 4) which I really disagreed on!
Originally Posted by midwyfmomma
Babies should begin breathing right away, even if not crying, if the baby's not breathing at all there is no need to wait, the longer a baby is without oxygen the longer it'll take the baby to recover.
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