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When, Why and How to Breathe for Baby at Birth: More than Neonatal Resuscitation and the Failures in Resuscitation*

The transition babies experience as they emerge from the womb and become air breathers is often not well understood by many birth professionals. This lecture will create a clear visual image and understanding of what is happening for the baby, as she takes her first breaths and shifts from oxygenating through the placenta and cord to beginning to use her lungs and breathing air. The successful adaptation to extrauterine life is the necessity of clearing fetal lung fluid. This is a transition that all babies must do when they are born, regardless of cord status.

*Bridge Category 2

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