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What if my baby needs help breathing at birth?

Sometimes babies need additional support when they are born. Midwives and doctors are trained to make decisions to help babies adapt to the outside world. It may be possible to help your baby without cutting the cord.

If they can, your healthcare team will provide any immediate care that your baby needs and keep baby close to you while the cord is intact. Some hospitals have equipment that gives breathing support without having to cut the cord.

But if your baby needs more help, your healthcare team may need to cut the cord straightaway.

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