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The banding can be done during skin-to-skin contact.
Right after your baby is born, the health care team will:
If your baby needs additional care right after birth, she will be taken to the special care nursery.
A score of seven or more on the first test is usually a sign of well-being. The score usually increases with the second test.
Skin-to-skin contact helps encourage breastfeeding and helps forge a bond.
This is a special time to bond with your baby. The warmth and closeness is not only soothing and calming, it will help you learn your baby's feeding cues.
Wearing only a diaper, your baby is placed on you with his tummy on your bare chest. His head will be turned to one side.
You can wrap a blanket or large towel around both of you. When your skin-to-skin contact is done, gently lift your baby off your chest and dress him.
You may hold your baby on your chest in your arms. A hat and diaper will be put on soon.
Babies do not get enough vitamin K from their mothers during pregnancy or when they are breastfeeding.
The easiest way to give babies vitamin K is by injection (shot). One shot just after birth will protect your baby for many months.
You can choose for your baby not to have this shot.
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that all infants receive a hepatitis B vaccination within 12 hours of birth.
Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. The virus can be spread from mother to baby during childbirth.
Hepatitis B shots are part of regular childhood vaccinations.
First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 08/15/2011
Reviewed by: Allina Health Patient Education experts