Speaker 1: (00:05)
As soon as your baby comes out into the water, someone will assist you or your partner to lift the baby up. It usually takes about one or two or three seconds to make that happen. I often tell women to give the baby just a little bit longer. You want your provider to look at the baby in the water, see if there’s a cord around the neck or something like that. And then very gently just lift the baby up because at the very same time that the baby is coming out your in planet act,

Speaker 2: (00:47)
You’ve just pushed this baby out

Speaker 1: (00:52)
And you kind of have to come back into your body. And I call it the pause that refreshes, and you look down 1001, you look more 1002 and you say, oh

Speaker 3: (01:09)
My baby.

Speaker 1: (01:11)
And at that same time that baby’s coming up into your arms. Now, in theory, you could leave that baby under the water for five minutes, 10 minutes, but we never know when the placenta is going to separate from the wall of the uterus. So to be careful and cautious, it’s one fluid movement. Baby swims out, takes a second or two to pause and then comes up into your arms because you’ve been waiting for this baby for nine months, maybe even longer than that. And you want to hold that baby as soon as possible. So we don’t have the baby stay under the water for a long time.

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