What to Expect Right After Your Baby Is Born

Birth injury attorney Rebecca Walsh talks about what to normally expect after your baby is born, and signs that your baby did not receive enough oxygen during labor and delivery.


Hi, I’m Rebecca Walsh. I’m a partner at Reiter & Walsh. I’ve been handling birth injury and medical malpractice cases for 25 years, and I want to tell you a little bit about what happens right when your baby is born. When your baby is born, the baby should be pink, crying, should have a good heart rate, their arms and legs should be bending or moving. If your baby isn’t breathing, doesn’t have an adequate heart rate, is blue, doesn’t react, and is just laying there very floppy, those are all indicators that your baby may not have gotten enough oxygen during the labor and delivery process and could be a risk for a birth injury or brain damage. Those are cases where you would expect that resuscitation or oxygen would be given right away to the baby to try to protect the baby and make sure brain damage doesn’t occur. If you have any questions about your labor and delivery or about your baby’s care in the nursery, please call us. We’d be happy to look at your medical records to see if the doctors treated your baby appropriately.