Your baby’s first breath

It is said that a baby’s lungs are redundant in the mother’s uterus. The baby receives all her oxygen from the placenta, and therefore, the lungs are collapsed.

The very first breath a child takes, her lungs expand and the increased pressure in them shuts a valve just beyond the heart. The blood that used to pass to the placenta for oxygenation now goes directly to the baby’s lungs.

These 2 crucial steps happen within an instant, and that is why doctors and midwives clear the baby’s air passages immediately, and if her breath is delayed they resuscitate her.

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