In those first crucial minutes immediately after the birth of your baby (during the “Third Stage of Labour”), something important is happening – or rather is suppose to happen. When your baby is born, if all is well, they should be placed immediately on your body for skin to skin care. During this time the placenta is still inside of you and will remain so typically anywhere between 5-30 minutes (sometimes up to 60 minutes).
Did you know?
Between 30 – 50% of your infant’s blood volume is still in the placenta and the umbilical cord continues to pulsate, pushing the blood from the placenta into your baby?
To give you an idea of who you’re dealing with:
I always have a list.
I overpack. I pack for my husband because there’s no way he knows how many pairs of socks he actually needs. I have at least two back-up plans, and, yes, I am nervous that I have forgotten my emergency snack. You see, I worry. BUT, I try to be the most prepared worrier possible. That makes me a good worry wart, the kind you still want to hang out with because I probably brought an extra water bottle for you. Right?
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