It's natural to focus on your baby's birth while you are pregnant. But it's a good idea to also know what to expect after labour.

Skin-to-skin contact really helps with bonding. It's a good idea to have your baby lifted onto you as soon as they are born and before the cord is cut, so that you can be close to each other straight away.


The cord is clamped and cut, and your baby is dried to stop them getting cold. You’ll be able to hold and cuddle your baby.

Your baby may be quite messy, with some of your blood on their skin and perhaps vernix (the greasy white substance that protects your baby's skin in the womb). If you prefer, you can ask the midwife to wipe your baby and wrap them in a blanket before your cuddle.

Mucus may need to be cleared out of your baby’s nose and mouth. Some babies need a bit of help to get their breathing established. Your baby may be taken to another part of the room to have some oxygen. They will brought back to you as soon as possible.

Your baby will be examined by a midwife or paediatrician, then weighed and possibly measured, and given a band with your name on.

For more information on what happens after birth use these links , nhs choices



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