We know that after having spent 9 months wishing to meet your baby on the day of his birth you will want to meet him as soon as possible, but you should remain calm for a few minutes and wait for the doctors to examine your baby.
An obstetrician or a team of nurses are the ones who will examine your baby to see how it is evolving and if it needs to receive complementary or emergency help during its first minutes while outside the womb.
This test or clinical examination is performed during the first and fifth minute, in some situations a third review may be required. After this you can meet and carry your baby to breastfeed.
Virginia Apgar was the doctor who started using this scoring system, now bears her name and allows to calculate the general condition of all newborns.
These 5 factors receive a score of 0, 1 or 2, according to what is being observed. The total score, the higher the better, if your baby gets a result of 7 or higher means that he is in good health.
On the other hand, if you have less than 7 points, you will need help to better adapt to your new environment. Low scores are usually caused by a high-risk pregnancy, caesarean section, complicated delivery, premature birth or that there is fluid in the baby’s airways.
The APGAR test does not predict how healthy your baby will be later or how its development will be, but it is important that you allow the doctors to perform the test to know if your baby adapted well to the environment, they just like you just want your baby be healthy