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The Baby i s Born

As you push, your baby descends as if it were in a well-rehearsed pattern. Baby’s chin is on his chest as the top of his head, or the crown, presents itself. As your baby maneuvers through your pelvis, his face will be toward your back. As the head starts to be seen, the scalp is almost raisin-like in appearance, due to the perineal and vaginal muscles applying pressure to the top of your baby’s head. Don’t worry, partners, this is normal! As the head appears on the perineum and stretches out the tissue at the vaginal opening, the baby is now considered to be crowning. As his head is delivered, facing downward, his head turns to the side and aligns with the shoulders. This process is called restitution. At this point, your healthcare provider will suction out your baby’s mouth and nose with a bulb syringe. With your baby’s chest still in the vagina, there is a natural compression that occurs and squeezes out a lot of the amniotic fluid and mucous through your baby’s nose and mouth. With the next push, the shoulders are delivered and the rest of your baby slides out with ease. Your baby is born! The baby frequently will not cry or breathe immediately when his body appears. It may take a few seconds for this to occur.

It is hard to predict how you will feel. You and your partner may be filled with much joy, excitement and a sense of accomplishment. Or, you may not have any specific emotion but a lot of confusion and relief. There is no one way that you should expect to feel. Everyone is different and will have different reactions to this very special event. Do not worry! In time your love will grow as you hold, touch and look at your newborn.

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