I have heard that the doctor slaps a newborns bottom to get them to expel the mucus from their mouth. Advice?
I don’t like this idea and I hope it isn’t common practice. I don’t want the first thing my newborn feels upon delivery to be a slap! Is this a myth/media thing? Did your doctor do this? What can I ask the doctor to do instead?
Oh thank goodness!
Read the book Birth Without Violence. It outlines many practices that are cruelly done or used to be done to a newborn. Many are outdated like this is for MOST doctors but certainly not all of them. Anyway, read the book and educated yourself then DON"T LET them do that stuff to your baby. There are compassionate alternatives to the things they used to do routinely. Like immediately making the baby cry which we now know is not better for them and can actually make their breathing more difficult.