REVIEW of PROCEDURE FOR NORMAL EMERGENCY CHILDBIRTH
Place the baby on his back with the head slightly lower than the rest of the body.
Turn the baby's head to one side to allow mucus and fluid to drain.
Wipe the baby's face with sterile gauze. Suction the baby's nose and mouth
Clamp or tie off and cut the umbilical cord after the cord has ceased to pulsate.
As soon as the baby is breathing and crying, dry him in a towel. Then, if you
have a blanket, wrap the baby in it.
Give the baby to the mother to hold and/or nurse, if possible. Massage the
mother's uterus through the abdomen. This aids in the delivery of the placenta
and reduces the chances of the mother hemorrhaging.
Check the placenta for completeness. Wrap the placenta in a towel and place
the towel-wrapped placenta in a plastic bag or container.
Place a sterile pad over the mother's vaginal opening. Remove any drainage-
soaked linen from under the mother and wrap her warmly.
Continue massaging the mother's uterus through the abdomen to ensure the
uterus remains contracted. Monitor and record the mother's vital signs.
Transport the mother and baby carefully to a medical treatment facility. In a
normal delivery, it is not necessary for the transporting vehicle to use its light,
siren, or to travel very fast.
Figure 2-2. Procedures for normal emergency.childbirth (concluded).