Why do doctors take time to hand over the newborn to parents? The crucial significance of APGAR score in newborns.

After a long wait of nine months, finally the labour day has arrived. You and your partner are having a surge of emotions and your excitement knows no bounds. Fast forward to the delivery room and you finally hear the words you have been waiting for, “Congratulations, you have a healthy baby!” or “Congratulations, it’s a boy/girl!” You can’t wait to hold the baby regardless of how exhausted (well, thats’s an understatement) you are. But the team of doctors and nurses take a few minutes (that honestly feel like forever) to hand over the baby to you. Or perhaps they do a quick skin-to-skin mother baby contact and initial breastfeeding and then take the baby for a little while. WHY? You just stare at them, unable to move and wondering why on earth are they not handing over the baby to you? Is everything okay? What is all this medical jargon they are using? Why aren’t they constantly updating me?

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Well, I have been there and I know exactly how it feels. At least, they could tell me what’s happening, right? Not exactly, they are actually really busy checking the wellbeing of your baby, especially in the first 10 minutes (trust me, it does seem like an eternity) after childbirth. They really don’t have the time to respond and explain everything to you. Meanwhile, a nurse/doctor is attending you to ensure your wellbeing.

After cutting the umbilical cord and cleaning the baby, the healthcare team quickly starts evaluating the APGAR score of your newborn. This is a very important step and once you know what it is, you would really not mind them having your baby for a few minutes immediately after delivery.

APGAR stands for Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration – 5 important evaluations performed on a baby at 1 and 5 minutes after birth to determine the immediate care required. Named after its creator, Dr. Virginia Apgar, this scoring system has proven to be an invaluable tool in ensuring the well-being of infants worldwide.

The score is determined by evaluating five key indicators, which are easily remembered using the acronym APGAR:

  1. Appearance: The baby’s skin color is observed, with a healthy pink hue indicating good oxygenation, while paleness or bluish discoloration may indicate potential problems.
  2. Pulse: The baby’s heart rate is assessed, as a strong and regular heartbeat is crucial for proper functioning and oxygenation of the body.
  3. Grimace: The baby’s reflexes and response to stimulation are examined. A healthy newborn will exhibit strong reflexes, such as crying or pulling away when stimulated.
  4. Activity: The baby’s muscle tone is assessed, with a newborn showing good muscle tone by active movements and flexed limbs.
  5. Respiration: The baby’s breathing is observed for proper lung function and oxygen exchange.

It serves as a communication tool between healthcare providers, ensuring a standardized evaluation and allowing for consistent documentation of the newborn’s condition. The Apgar score enables healthcare providers to monitor the baby’s progress over time. By comparing the one-minute and five-minute scores, doctors can assess the effectiveness of any interventions initiated and make informed decisions regarding the need for additional care.

A low Apgar score at one or five minutes can signal the need for further evaluation, specialized care, or resuscitative measures. Healthcare providers can quickly initiate appropriate interventions such as administering oxygen, clearing airways, or initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if necessary.

Furthermore, the Apgar score assists in identifying newborns who may require extended observation or neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admission. It aids in determining the urgency and level of care needed, facilitating timely and targeted interventions for high-risk infants.

The Apgar score’s simplicity and effectiveness have made it an indispensable part of newborn care, allowing medical teams to ensure the best possible outcomes for infants around the world. So after delivery, when the doctors do not hand over the baby to you immediatey, just relax. They are just doing the best for your baby and yoou will soon hold your newborn in your arms and adore the cutie for as long as you wish 🙂


Having some but great, and being content

What does “having it all” mean to you? Is it attainable?

“Having it all” can be a dream, but having it all – like literally with regards to everything – isn’t quite possible. Being realistic and working towards what you wish without being greedy can however bring contentment and joy.

The richest people you have heard of don’t have it all as well. They have the money, the resources, the reach… but they don’t have time.

Joy can come from the simple pleasures of life. And once we understand this and are able to explain this to our kids, the world will be a much happier place, for everyone. It’s like you take your kid to a toy shop. Say the kid is in a cranky mood and wants a few toys from that expensive shop. You don’t or can’t buy everything. Neither does any kid ever demand having it all from the toy shop (they know better than us!). They just want one of two things. Eventually, it could be just that little floating boat on water that could bring tremendous joy to the kid. That could mean having it all for him/her at that moment. And during the moment when your child was insisting on having a particular expensive toy that you couldn’t afford, momentarily you would have wondered if you had it all to buy whatever your kid demanded. But then, you wouldn’t have the leisure/time to spend with your kid in such toy shops.

So don’t focus on having it all in terms of everything. Yes, one can be ambitious in life (like having a great score in all subjects, hitting all the goals in a match, making a reasonable bucket list and ticking it all…) but just don’t cross the greed line!

How do you tell yourself or your kids to be happy with what you/they have? Let me know in the comments! Do follow my YouTube channel for little joys of life.

How to make a Paper Dinosaur | Easy Origami Dino Tutorial

Easy Origami Dinosaur Making Video

Welcome to the beautiful world of origami, where you will be learning how to create a paper dinosaur! You may use the adorable origami dinosaur you create in this video on our YouTube channel as a fun paper toy or to display on your desk. This is a fun activity for children of all ages!

A square paper is the only material that you need to create this beautiful apper dinosaur. 

Watch the origami dinosaur tutorial video above as we walk you through the folding procedure step-by-step and enjoy creating this amazing dinosaur.

So take out your paper, and let’s begin! To participate, you can play, pause, and alter the speed of this movie. We are eager to see what you produce. Don’t forget to post a picture of your completed origami dinosaur in the comments section and feel free to ask us any questions.

Easy and Cute Hairstyles for Active Kids with Short Hair

My daughter is four years old now. Over these years, I have tried a few simple and cute hairstyles for her. My baby wasn’t born with a full head of hair. She had scanty hair at birth and I couldn’t wait for her to have enough hair so that I could tie cute ponytails, pigtails and what not… girl mom dream, right?

Well, as she grew, so did her hair. So, if your baby is born with little or no hair, don’t worry; it will come gradually! Anyway, when she finally had enough hair for me to tie those cute bands and bows, well she wouldn’t sit still 😉 Do you face the same thing? The child would not move a quarter of a millimeter while watching the TV but ask her to sit still for a few minutes while trying that perfect hair partition or tying that hair band – you gotta win an award for getting that right!

But before you know, she is 4 or 5 years old and demands a different / smart / particular hairstyle! And then you feel a joy like never before… that happened to me yesterday. So I thought of putting together some of the hairstyles I have tried on her in a video on our YouTube Channel Mom and Ideas (Video/Link below). Remember, whatever hairstyle you try on your kid, you need ascertain that it is not too tight for her and she should definitely feel comfortable.

Head to our YouTube channel Mom and Ideas, where I have put together my favourite hairstyles that I tried on my daughter from 1-4 years. These are perfect for busy parents and active kids who would generally not sit still for longer while combing hair. From simple ponytails to fun braids, we’ve got you covered. If your child has short or scanty hair, there’s a hairstyle in here that’s sure to look super cute. With our simple ideas, you’ll be able to create these cute hairstyles in just a few minutes, and your little ones will look all the more adorable and won’t have hair coming on their face while playing or eating. So, grab your combs, brushes, and hair accessories, and let’s get started on these fun and easy hairstyles for kids! Don’t forget to Like, Share and Subscribe to  @momandideas  for more awesome videos like this one. These simple hairstyles for kids will make them feel comfortable during all the fun times, activities, school, playtime and sleep.

Watch “Mother’s Day Surprise” Idea by my daughter🎉🎁

Well, we had a busy day today. So I asked my 4-year-old daughter in the evening if she would like to make me a Mother’s Day card today, or she could do it tomorrow if she likes. She made this in 10 mins… 🥰 What a beautiful concept, totally her idea💡

Watch our Mother’s Day special video below to see how little beautiful minds work ❤❤

Happy Mother’s Day to you all!!!