When you carry a baby for nine months, you may already feel like you know the one that has been living inside you but truth is, you're not even sure. You want to kiss them, hold their hand, count their fingers and toes and you also want to catch your breath from the labor and delivery that you just went through. Although, many moms choose to meet their babies before getting cleaned up and taking a nap.
The midwife should respect this time between you and baby. They should be able to walk away and let you bond, if that is what you want to do. You can weigh and measure them once mom is ready to clean up in a little while. This beginning bonding moment is important for the mom and for the baby. It gives them a chance to get to know one another without distraction and to take in the small features that they haven't been able to see for quite some time while the baby was in the womb.
Move forward with what you want, when you want and choose the right midwife for you. She should respect you and your birthing options. She should be there for you and baby. Not a lot of people can move forward with this in mind – but gathering your information ahead of time can ensure that you enjoy your labor and delivery. Get the most out of it when the time comes.