The First Cry: We all know that “Birth day is the only day when your mother feels happy when you cry”. Immediate cry just after the baby’s birth, whether it’s a vaginal birth or a c-section is Baby’s First Cry, babies are expected to cry within 20 seconds to 60 seconds of their lives. The baby’s first cry is the first message which got baby’s relatives and felt happy. The First Cry may occur too early, before the baby’s shoulders are born. The baby First Cry also has biological importance other than emotional one.
How necessary First Cry: The First Cry is necessary for baby’s survival. Baby doesn’t breathe with his/her lungs when he/she is inside the mother’s uterus. This work is done by umbilical cord inside the womb. Umbilical cord provides the fresh oxygen and takes away carbon dioxide from the baby’s blood stream. Once outside the mother’s womb, babies need to breathe by their own. When born babies start crying right away to practice their breathing, Babies are just testing to see if their lungs are working and ready to be used. Crying is the newborns’ way to clearing remaining amniotic fluid from their lungs and nose.
Reasons of First Cry: There are many reasons which make the baby cry at the time of birth.
- Environmental noise and temperature change can provoke crying.
- The lungs being opening up to (outside of womb) air is said to also induce crying.
- They are not used to space.
- When babies born they are in air not in the water covered them.
- Babies get tired in their effort to get out at the time of delivery.
- Babies also get hungry.
- Babies feel surprised when being taken out from the dark womb to the lighted delivery room.
If Newborn doesn’t Cry: All new born babies do not cry at birth. Those that don’t cry loudly bear the birth trauma or rough initial handling. If a baby doesn’t cry immediately doctors start to worry and rub his/her back to react and start crying. Doctors also notice the sound of baby crying, if it is not the standard one then they take step accordingly.