What to expect right after the baby is born

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What to expect right after the baby is born

What the nurses will do immediately following the birth, hopefully, is maintain the baby, skin to skin, with the mother. Studies show that babies that are left skin to skin to their mothers adjust much faster to life outside of the womb. They will also make sure that the baby is breathing well and stays warm. They will place a hat on the baby because they lose temperature from the head. They will place a blanket over the baby when maintaining skin to skin with the mother. They will continue to assess the baby and the mother while the doctor is taking care of the placenta and making sure that mother doesn't need any repair in the perineum. Meanwhile, they are also going to be looking for the first few signs of feeding. Newborn's new job is how to breath, how to keep themselves, and how to feed. It happens, more or less, in that order. The nurses will give the baby to the mother when he is ready to feed.

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Ana Paula Markel is the mother of four children. Having experienced two cesarean births, a medicated vaginal birth and a natural birth (in that order,) Ana Paula discovered a passionate interest in the childbirth process. Her goal is to assist mothers and families to explore the many options available in childbirth and to take responsibility for their choices.

Ana Paula has been teaching a very fun and active childbirth preparation workshop in Los Angeles for the past nine years and has supported hundreds of families during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Ana is also a doula trainer for DONA International and has been mentoring new doulas for the past six years. Ana Paula is honored to serve as Director of International Development for DONA International and to be on the advisory board for PAM (Pregnancy Awareness month.) In 2008 Ana founded BINI Birth, a center in Los Angeles dedicated to the childbirth education field, doula training and green pregnancy retail. BINI offers a variety of classes for pregnant couples and new parents. BINI offers yoga, Hypnobirthing, breastfeeding classes and support groups for new mothers and Ana’s very popular workshops. BINI Birth is also the premiere doula referral service in Los Angeles. Ana Paula is passionate about connecting families of all backgrounds with their ideal birth support.

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