When to seek medical attention
If the baby is weak, not breathing properly after delivery, or has a low heart rate of not above 100 beats per minute, he should be moved to the warming station.
The doctor or nurse will decide what kind of medical help or action is needed for the baby.
During normal labor, the doctor or midwife will blow air into the baby’s lungs to help the baby breathe.
The face mask could stay on the baby’s face until he can breathe independently. If the baby’s breathing and heart rate did not improve, he might need an oxygen mask or breathing tube.
For further evaluation and close observation, the baby should be moved to the special care nursery if he still requires assistance to breathe.
Every baby must be given immediate newborn care, especially within 24 hours after birth. This includes thorough drying, skin-to-skin contact with the mother, early breastfeeding initiation, and exclusive breastfeeding.
Giving immediate newborn care also determines whether the baby is in a normal state or if the baby has a condition that needs immediate and rapid treatment.
So if medical assistance is needed, the baby would be transferred to a better facility or service right away.
Learn more about baby care, here.