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Is suctioning always necessary right after exit? I want to hold my baby right away. Like have my husband catch the baby and hand it to me and just have it be the three of us. Is it possible to avoid my baby going under the lamps and all of that.
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Yep, totally possible My daughter wasn't suctioned and there are gentler ways of clearing their airways if needed. We got about an hour of skin to skin before my midwife did her newborn exam and weighed her.
Since my husband was catching, I think they snuck in a quick suction between her head being all the way out and the big push for the shoulders. After she had been on my chest a bit, they did a few more quick hits of the bulb. It took a second or two, and I was holding her. They let me keep her under a blanket skin to skin for heat, but put a bassinet with a lamp next to my bed in case they decided she needed it.
Many places don't do it, and some studies suggests it can be harmful. ds1 was, deep suctioned too, but ds2 wasn't. MW did assess him while we were waiting for placenta, but he stayed in my arms. Then she didn't see him again for another 2 hours so that I could bond.
Mama to G, L & twins F & M
Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella
Yeah, there is lots of conflicting research on this right now and you have to find out where your care provider falls in line of the research. I would suggest doing research for yourself and bring your findings to your care provider and discuss your options ahead of time.
Personally, I've taken the wait and see approach with my babies. I've only had mild bulb suctioning on two of them (one had meconium).
Previously known as ~~Que~~
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Not all hospitals do it routinely. You can likely include it in your birth plan. My first son was not suctioned, he had no problem crying. Although I suppose they might have suctioned him when they took him to NICU (for breathing trouble). But I got thirty minutes of bonding time with him before we noticed the trouble (he was a bit early). My second son needed suctioning because he had meconium. But not even very much. They were gentle with it. And he was laying on my chest. They didn't move him for three hours for the newborn exam or weighing or anything. He was also in a hospital. So not all are "unfriendly" to parental bonding
Just be extremely clear on your birth plan in a hospital. They can't do much with out your consent, anyway. Just be clear, stern, and repeat yourself if necessary. Most hospitals are very accommodating. Also, if you have a nurse you don't like from the beginning, say something. They'll give you a new nurse.
I'd talk to your doctor about what they routinely do.
Both of my daughters were placed directly on me while the cord was attached, they did some bulb suctioning right there on me. DD1 never left me until they asked if they could take her to get weighed and cleaned, and she was taken to the warmer and then straight back to my arms. DD2 was taken for heavy suctioning and oxygen and then up to the NICU for breathing problems.