Quote from Amiejayrn
For me being a newbie, I would feel comfortable to dry baby completely, get one set of vitals and do the eyes before mom does "skin to skin". I could do all that in 5-7 minutes tops. I do want to support our hospitals policy but I just want a little peice of mind knowing the vitals are WNL. Am I on the right page here? I would like to hear others opinions on this topic. Thanks
I don't like to see people do the eyes before mom and baby have had a chance to look at each other for a while. The ointment probably blurrs the baby's vision even more than it is anyway (did you know that the focal length of a newborn is fixed to about the distance from Mom's breast to her face?) and many of us believe it is important for them to be able to look at each other right away.
You can dry the baby on Mom's chest and do the temp there, pulse and respiration too. You do not have to take the baby away from the Mother to be sure the vitals are WNL.
You will be amazed at how much better the newborn who has been allowed to remain skin to skin with Mom nurses in comparison to those who have all the other stuff done first.
To answer the origional question, our routine is first set of vitals as soon as possible after delivery, then q30min X4, q1h X 4, then Q6h. Eyes and thighs to be done by one hour of age. Bath when temp is stable. I think it stabalizes more quickly on Mom's chest than in the warmer. We need the weight and length to admit the baby and get into the computer, so after 5-10 min on Mom's chest, I'll take baby just long enough to weigh and measure unless it's already nursing.