Contrary to popular belief, not all babies cry immediately after birth. However, according to Mayo Clinic, if a baby isn't reunited with their mother shortly after birth, they will start crying within a few seconds. Additionally, studies have shown that newborns may cry after their first feed and for the first few minutes of their lives due to pain and birth shock. This is a natural biological process that cannot be prevented.
If your baby doesn't cry right away after birth, it may be due to the stress of delivery. In some cases, medications or painkillers taken by the mother can also make the baby drowsy. However, it's important to note that a lack of crying doesn't necessarily mean that everything is fine with the baby. According to healthline If you give birth at home and your baby isn't crying, it's important to get to the hospital as soon as possible for medical evaluation.
Doctors will perform the Apgar test to check for any irregularities in the baby's heart rate, skin color, breathing, reflexes, and muscle tone. Depending on the results, the doctors may administer oxygen to the newborn. If your baby cries immediately after birth, you can rest assured that everything is fine and enjoy the moment.
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