As soon as the baby arrives, we start looking for signs of well being. Although mostly the baby’s cry indicates everything is normal, a quick assessment is done using the Apgar score which is sometimes also called the newborn scoring.
Apgar is a quick test performed on a baby at 1 and 5 minutes after birth. The 1-minute score determines how well the baby tolerated the birthing process. The 5-minute score tells the doctor how well the baby is doing outside the mother’s womb.
In rare cases, the test will be done 10 minutes after birth. Continue reading “Newborn Scoring”