Back in the ’70s, Frederick Leboyer, MD, wrote a book called Birth Without Violence, which theorized that babies are happier when they’re born in a calm, gentle environment. (Not a bad theory, right?) Thirty-plus years later, you’ll find that many of his ideas — rubbing baby’s back before cutting the cord, immediately bringing the baby to you to nurse and bond — are now a natural part of a family-centered birthing experience. Many doctors encourage this quiet, soothing atmosphere for everyone involved. (And look at all the celebs who request “silent births”!) The only exception, of course, would come if there’s an urgent medical concern for you or your newborn. Otherwise, there’s no reason not to encourage a peaceful start to your baby’s life.
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The Bump expert: Melissa M. Goist, MD, assistant professor, obstetrics and gynecology, The Ohio State University Medical Center