(Closed) Probably A weird question… But I need help

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

At my hospital, Addie was wiped clean off blood, amniotic fluid, etc… before she was laid on my chest.  Obviously she wasn’t bathed or anything, but looking at the pictures, she was pretty clean.

Post # 18
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MrsPinkBONBON: I think you have a long time to go before you should worry yourself too much over this. Is it just the baby being messy that grosses you out, or all things child-birth related? Cuz alot of freaky stuff happens lol.

Post # 21
32 posts

You can totally ask your, your “delivery team” to give them a little wipe down before being handed to you. And to be completely honest, as a nurse the birth I got to see during my schooling the baby came out way cleaner then I could have imagined. Honestly the gross part isn’t the baby, seeing the placenta be pulled out is what turned my stomach.

Post # 23
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think they generally do “wipe them down” – and check to make sure their airways are clear. Our hospital does skin to skin immediately if possible because it’s an easier way to regulate the baby’s body temperature.

I definitely imagine by the time you get to that moment you won’t care.

Post # 24
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

Dude – I was so gross and nasty and sweaty if Warren had a choice he might not have wanted to be close to me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But he didn’t have a choice!

He was placed on my chest right away…. the skin to skin contact can help regulate the babies body temp. Plus he so used to hearing your heartbeat being close to it helps him (her) have something familiar in this brand new world. At least I like to think about it that way.

My husband actually had the same thoughts and wondered why I wanted him placed on my so soon. (He’s a germaphobe) I don’t remember Warren being that ‘gross’. And they placed a blanket over/around him on my chest… whatevs. I don’t think you have anything to worry about ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 25
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

One of my friends really did throw up. The sight of cottage cheese made her throw up all of her life and when she gave birth, there was stuff that looked like cottage cheese on his head and she threw up every where! 

People say you won’t care, but only you know you best.

Post # 27
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MrsPinkBONBON: Well, the issue was that right before she gave birth everyone switched shifts and so no one was aware of her after-birth request. When she asked the new nurse if the doctor was aware she assured her that “everything’s fine. Just try to relax.” So she figured everything was fine. The hospital workers were a bit surprised, but they told her it was a combination of her medicines and the dizziness brought on by pushing that caused her to throw up, not the sight of her newborn. She flipped on them haha.

Post # 28
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Oh and PS, if you’re really worried about it, how about you have a water birth. This way most of the loose/chunky stuff is washed off before you pull it up for it’s first breath ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 29
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

When I had my daughter I actually had a struggle getting the doctor to let me hold her before she was cleaned off. Ultimately I failed, she was washed and diapered before I even saw her. A few of my friends recently had babies, and they all said the same thing, they had to request to see their babies before they were cleaned off. I figured it was that way for most new mothers, having to request to see their baby before it was washed off, not the other way around.

Post # 30
2246 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Maybe specify with your doctors and nurses to clean your baby well before you get them. But I’m sure you will naturally not care when the time comes.

Post # 31
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@MrsPinkBONBON:  I wouldn’t worry too much about this – just make your wishes clear in your birth plan.  It is actually a NEW thing for mothers to request (and get) “chest time” immediately after birth, to allow the cord to pulse for awhile before being cut, etc.  In most hospitals (where you would have a tradition ob/hospital birth), I think it is still pretty common to attend to the mother/do stitches, clean the baby off, get the apgar score, etc. before handing the baby to the mother.

(Disclaimer:  I am not a mom yet, but have been doing a ton of research on the changing nature of birth in hospitals, and this is something that comes up a lot.)

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