What to Expect Right After Your Baby's Born

Transcript: What to Expect in the Moments After Your Baby’s Born

[Text]: What should I expect when my baby’s born?

[Rebecca Walsh]: Hi, I’m Rebecca Walsh, I’m a partner at Reiter & Walsh. I’ve been handling birth injury and medical malpractice for 25 years, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about what happens right when your baby is born.

When your baby is born, your 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 at 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 ensure that brain damage doesn’t occur.

If you have any questions about your labor and delivery or about your baby’s care in the nursery, call us. We would be happy to look at your medical records to see if doctors treated your baby appropriately.

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