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Giving birth is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a woman’s life. Yet after all the months of careful preparation and anticipation, the moment of birth is almost never what you had expected. Your health, the condition of the fetus, and the policies of the hospital will all help determine what actually happens. What matters is that the baby is here at last and healthy.

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Routine Vaginal Delivery

In a routine vaginal delivery, your first view of your child may be the top, or crown, of his head, seen with the help of a mirror. After the head is delivered, the obstetrician will suction the nose and mouth and your baby will take her first breath.