Essential Intrapartum and Newborn Care (EINC) or Unang Yakap
In the Philippines, Immediate Newborn Care is called Essential Intrapartum and Newborn or Unang Yakap.
The newborn’s condition should be monitored immediately after birth. Here are some immediate newborn care tips to ensure the baby’s health and safety during the first hours of their life.
What To Do
Immediately when the baby is delivered, the doctor will get the Apgar Score, a very simple test that is conducted on a newborn in the first to five minutes after being born. The doctor, midwife, or nurse examines the baby’s breathing effort, heart rate, reflexes, skin color, and reflexes.
The 1-minute scoring is calculated to evaluate the birthing operation. The 5-minute score reveals the baby’s well-being outside the mother’s womb. But sometimes, the test will be performed within 10 minutes of birth, depending on the case.
Then, comes The Unang Yakap, which consists of 4 steps: Immediate Drying, Skin-to-skin Contact, Delayed Cord Clamping and Cutting, and Breastfeeding
Immediate Drying and then Skin-to-Skin Contact
After a standard delivery, you should immediately dry the newborn and proceed with the skin to skin contact. Skin-to-skin contact keeps the baby at a warm temperature and allows you both to bond immediately. It also helps maintain the baby’s cardiac pace and breathing.
This simple act helps reduce newborn crying, trigger breastfeeding, and maintain the baby’s body temperature. After this first touch, the baby will be brought to the nursery for the following: