When the day of your baby's birth finally arrives, it will likely all be a bit of a blur. Regardless of how smooth or complicated your labor is, you'll forget about everything else happening around you once your baby is in your arms. However, some of the things that happen to your baby in the first 30 minutes after being born are pretty important to know about. So learning about the standard procedures of hospitals for newborns will help you have less to worry about once your little one is finally here.
Everything from cleaning, to weighing, to breastfeeding for the first time will happen within a short period of time. Even though it will likely feel like there are a million people buzzing around you, the only thing that really matters is that your baby is healthy and here.
These steps are all routine. And though there are a few optional things, having a bit of a plan for after your baby is born will give you even more confidence. You can even tell your doctor or nurse ahead of time what you prefer for your baby after birth so that when the time comes you can focus on bonding with your baby without worrying as much about the details, like these common practices that happen immediately after your baby is born.