Your babies first moments of life

What will What will my newborn baby look like?
When your baby is first born, their skin might be blue and mottled. They are likely to be covered in amniotic fluid, blood and vernix, which is a cheesy white substance. This is normal.

Their Skin will start to become pink as they start to breathe - which is about a minute after birth. Your baby’s hands and feet may still appear blueish for several hours.

The amniotic fluid and the vernix are there because they were there in the womb. They are important for your baby to be able to smell and taste after birth. These familiar things help your baby to feel secure outside the womb.

Birth of the placenta and cutting the umbilical cord
After you have given birth to your baby, you will have more contractions that will help you deliver the placenta. Once this happens, the umbillical cord, which is connected to the placenta, will be clamped in two places and cut. Your support  person might be invited to cut the cord.

Skin to Skin Contact
After a vaginal birth, your newborn baby will be put on your chest for skin-to-skin contact. Your baby needs
sleep and food, and they need to feel secure and warm, so they need to feel your skin.

  • Reduces newborn crying
  • Helps to start and sustan breast feeding
  • Helps maintain your babys body temperature

After this first contact, they will be weighed, measured and observed to make sure they are healthy. If you have a caesearean section, ask your midwife to make sure your baby has skin-to-skin contact with you as early as possible. It may be possible for you or your partner to hold your baby-skin-to skin in theatre and in recovery.