1. I’m afraid I might pee or poo during delivery if I push the wrong way. Is there a proper way to “push?”
Don’t let inhibition or embarrassment break the pushing rhythm. Do what comes naturally. Push when you feel the urge, unless otherwise instructed. Since you’re bearing down on the whole perineal area, anything that’s in your rectum may be pushed out too; trying to avoid this while you’re pushing can impede your progress. A little involuntary evacuation is experienced by nearly everyone in delivery. Don’t worry about it. Sterile pads will be used to whisk away any excretion immediately.
2. Why do nurses have to push down my diaphragm when I bear down?
The nurses do not push a pregnant woman’s diaphragm. Pushing on the diaphragm is dangerous because it is the largest respiratory muscle. The gentle push of the nurses, midwives, or even doctors is on the fundus or the upper part of the uterus, to help the mother deliver the baby.
3. What do hospital personnel do after the baby’s head emerges?
During delivery, once the head emerges, they will quickly suction the baby’s nose and mouth to remove excess mucus, and then they will assist you (and the baby) in getting the shoulders and torso out. Next is clamping and cutting the umbilical cord; your husband may be allowed to do this if he wants to.
4. Is my baby given a bath after birth?
Yes, post delivery, after suctioning the nose and mouth for any secretions and giving the newborn an “oil bath” or cleaning the baby with gauze and baby oil, the baby is given his first warm head to toe bath, with mild soap.
5. When is the Newborn Screening done?
As provided for by “The Newborn Screening Act of 2004,” all babies must undergo newborn screening at least 24 hours to 3 days after birth. Premature babies and babies that experienced complications may have it on the 7th day of life. Although a 30-day allowance is given for the Newborn Screening test to be performed, this is not ideal.
6. I heard there are vaccines that should be given at birth. When should I expect these?
After your baby’s first warm head-to-toe bath, your baby is injected with vitamin K and Hepatitis B vaccine in each thigh and an antibiotic ointment is instilled in both eyes. Aside from Hepatitis B vaccine, BCG vaccine may also be given on the 3rd day of life, depending on the institution or your baby’s attending pediatrician. These vaccines are DOH-directed.
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