why do some babies not cry when they are born

When it comes to child birth delivery, birth complications can be pretty scary. I don't think anyone who has had a relatively healthy pregnancy ever actually anticipates being faced with birth complications during delivery, and you don't entirely know how you're going to handle them until you're actually confronted with birth complications. In the grand scheme of things that could go wrong during child birth delivery, Baby G and I were very fortunate. We got off easy. But that doesn't mean we got off entirely. I knew something was wrong when they handed me Baby G and she wasn't crying. There's a stereotypical moment in almost every child birth delivery scene ever shown on tv and in movies - that moment when the baby is born and begins to cry. Everyone cheers and it's all very beautiful. In fact, people are almost conditioned to think that if the baby doesn't begin crying when it's born then something is wrong. During the final minutes of the movie "The Business of Being Born", after a baby is delivered via C-section, you hear his mother say "Why isn't he crying" and the screen fades to black.


That's kind of what happened to me when Baby G was born. After twelve hours of labor, over an hour of , and an episiotomy I was ready for this to be done! So when the doctor said "One more big push and you're going to have a baby" I was all kinds of excited. So with that, I hunkered down and gave it one last big push. Everyone kind of cheered, and I heard some minor squeaking. But no crying. Why didn't I hear a crying baby? They immediately handed me Baby G, and I looked at this adorable newborn baby who was very much alive and looking back at me. She just wasn't crying. In fact, she wasn't making any noise at all. Occasionally I heard some minor squeaks and squeals, but nothing even close to what I thought I'd hear. We quickly handed her back to the nurses who do whatever it is they do when a baby is born. They cleaned her up, got her measurements, let my husband take pictures.


Still no real crying. And that's when they decided they needed to take her away. Apparently during the birth itself, Baby G swallowed a lot of fluid and was having trouble breathing. They were hoping she'd come around on her own, but she didn't. And with that, they whisked her away. So for the next hour my husband and I just kind of sat there with no baby. My mom and brother came back to see us. I told them it had all been one big hoax, I had never actually been pregnant, and that's why there was no baby for them to see. I'd only actually gotten to hold Baby G for a grand total of 30 seconds when she'd been born, and I wasn't sure exactly what I was supposed to be feeling at that point. I was sure she was fine. And I wasn't overly worried. I was more just anxious for them to bring her back. Still, this wasn't quite how I saw my child birth delivery going. No one really plans on birth complications, even minor ones
But thankfully about an hour later the nurse brought back in a perfectly happy and healthy Baby G, who proceeded to cry and scream for the next three hours :-) And I'm happy to say she's got lungs like champ!


Asked by: Aruna Anhi, Leicester Actually, not all babies cry with their first breath after being born. But all babies will cry within a few seconds if they are not immediately reunited with their mother. This is a simple adaptation that makes it less likely that they will get overlooked. In fact, there is some evidence that baby cries have specifically evolved to be as annoying and hard to ignore as possible. Beyond the first few minutes of life and their first feed, neonatal infants may cry because they are bruised and sore from the trauma of birth, but generally the process is so exhausting for them that they will sleep for the next eight hours or so. Make the most of it because that's the longest uninterrupted stretch of quiet you'll get for the next six months.

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