What happens once baby is here …

What happens right after the baby is born?



Cord cutting – when and what options are there?


APGAR Score – what are these and what do they mean

Score to indicate strength of baby in terms of 

heart rate    breathing    muscle tone      reaction to stimulus     skin colour

At birth

Five minutes later 

Scores could be 7 at birth and 10 at 5 minutes

Please discuss the following with your midwife to find out what happens and the timings.

Eye Care – not done in the UK.  Any eye infections can be treated with breast milk.

Blood tests

Hearing test

Bathing/topping & tailing –  vernix

Heal prick test