Most babies are born with the doctor or midwife nearby, here is how to handle it if you find yourself in this situation without medical help.
Difficulty Level: average Time Required: 30 minutes
- Don't panic.
- Call for help, if possible. (911, midwife, doctor)
- Remind mother to breathe slowly.
- Place hand on baby's head, allowing it to come out slowly.
- Do not pull on the baby's head or body.
- As the baby is born gently stroke downward on the baby's nose.
- Place the baby skin to skin with the mother.
- Place something warm over both of them.
- Have mother breastfeed baby, if possible.
- If placenta is born, place next to baby.
- Wait for assistance, or finish driving to place of birth.
- Grab towels or shirts to wrap mom and baby up if possible. If in a car look for emergency blanket.
- Cutting the cord can cause mom and/or baby to bleed and removes source of oxygen for baby.
- Having mom breastfeed reduces the amount of blood she loses.