Baby After Birth : What Normally Happens?

What Happens to Baby After Birth

Hello, new moms and dads!

Bringing a baby into the world is a whirlwind of emotions, and knowing what to expect from baby after birth help ease some of that first-time parent anxiety.

Right after birth, your baby will undergo a series of standard tests and assessments to ensure they’re healthy and thriving. From the Apgar score to the first hearing test, these procedures are routine and essential.

Stick with me as I walk you through what’s normally done to babies after birth, so you can feel prepared and confident in those precious first moments with your newborn.

At Birth

Cord Clamping

Your healthcare provider will clamp and cut the umbilical cord. Consider if you prefer to delay the clamping; for more information, refer to our blog.

Drying and Stimulating

Typically, a nurse will assist as your baby is placed on your chest under a warm blanket to dry and stimulate them. Please request that the nurse does not remove the vernix; direct skin-to-skin contact is sufficient.

Airway Suctioning

To ensure your baby breathes easily and to minimize respiratory risks, they will be gently suctioned at birth to remove any fluids from their airways.

In The Labor Room

APGAR Scoring

The APGAR score evaluates a newborn's health immediately after birth by assessing heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes, and skin color to assign a score from 0-10. This score reflects how well the baby is adjusting to life outside the womb.

Newborn Assessment

Within the first two hours, this assessment monitors the baby's vital signs, appearance, and overall health to ensure a smooth transition outside the womb.


Nurses may suggest taking measurements like length and weight within the first hour. These are not urgent and can be postponed or declined by parents.

Baby First 24 hours

Newborn Medications

Right after birth, parents are offered three medications for their newborn: Erythromycin ointment for the eyes, the Hepatitis B vaccine, and a Vitamin K injection. It’s important for parents to research and decide whether to accept or decline these.

The First Bath

The first bath for the baby is typically scheduled 24 hours after birth. However, parents can choose to delay this until they are home. Guidance on how to administer the first bath is available through the Newborn Academy.

Baby First 48 hours

Vital Signs and Assessments

The postpartum nurse will frequently check the newborn to ensure they are adapting well to their new environment. This includes monitoring temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and other vital signs.

Other Testing

During their stay at the birth facility, the newborn will undergo several important tests. These include a hearing assessment, a PKU test, and screening for jaundice. More details on these procedures are provided in the Newborn Academy course.

It's time to go home!

Finally, the moment every new mother eagerly anticipates – bringing your baby home!

Once the hospital confirms that both mom and baby are healthy, parents might need to attend a brief discharge class to review important paperwork and tasks like applying for a social security card and birth certificate.

After completing these steps, you’re all set to take your new bundle of joy home! Don't forget to share these tips and info to new expecting moms and parents!

We are so excited for you! Do you need a baby registry list? Check it here! How about a Hospital Bag Checklist too, we got you! Check here.

Looking for cute and cozy baby items? Check Cozy Nursery for a wide selection of essentials.

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Hey! My name is Kate and I am the founder of Cozy Nursery. I am passionate about creating nurseries, as well as sharing the knowledge of what it is like to be a mother. I create real blog posts, where I share the truth. The real hospital bag list and so much more! Get excited!

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