The Pause After Birth in Mom and Baby

The 🅟🅐🅤🅢🅔 after birth in mom & baby
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After physiological birth, not only does the baby transition to oxygenated air, the mother also transitions with the hormonal shift occurring in her body. One might feel a bit euphoric, or high, or “out-of-it”. Some may take a few moments to gather themselves before they touch or see their baby for the first time. This is “The Pause”.
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I’ve witnessed birth where baby was born, and the mother sat there with her eyes closed, un-moving, in relief that labor was over, in no hurry to claim their child.
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I’ve witnessed baby shoot out under water to the opposite side of the birth pool. Lying there, with arms extended out, as both parents stared in shock. (Pictured)
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I’ve witnessed land birth on all fours where baby was fully birthed and gently placed between her legs so that she could bring baby to her chest. Taking a couple moments to fully grasp that baby has been born before she reached down to claim her baby.
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I’ve witnessed baby be placed on moms chest, being wrapped up in her arms, as her head falls back in a state of relief. In no hurry to glance at baby or learn the surprise biological gender; just holding baby close in that pause.
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I’ve witnessed the pause myself, as well as with clients; and it is always glorious! It is important not to rush or add chaos to these moments immediately postpartum. Sometimes after a few moments a gentle, “Your baby is here. You can pick up your baby when you are ready” is helpful, but for the most part, let the pause BE.
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After all, 2 individuals were just born. Allow them to bask 🥰

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