The Miracle of Birth
Having a baby will impact your life in so many ways. The fact of the matter is that it is also an incredible change for your baby. All he has known is the peace and warmth of your womb. Now, he must adapt to this brand new world, which is totally foreign.
Once your baby is delivered, your healthcare provider will remove the fluid from his mouth and nose with a bulb syringe. This will allow your baby to take his first breath. He will then be wiped off with a clean towel to keep him from getting cold. This drying is also a good way of stimulating the baby to give a good cry. If your baby does not cry, do not worry. Some babies will take a bit of time to let out that first cry.
It is important to have contact with your newborn as soon as possible after birth. This contact will enable you to learn about your baby, while allowing him to learn your scent and the sound of your voice. Skin-to-skin contact is significant emotionally as well as physically and is very reassuring for both you and your baby.
When you and your infant are resting skin-to-skin, you will begin to learn about each other on many different levels. For you, the first minutes and hours after birth are a time when you’re open emotionally to bond with your baby and begin the new relationship. At the same time, your newborn is ready to accept his new family and his brand new world.