According to the Argonne National Laboratory's Ask a Scientist site, newborn babies are not able to breathe underwater. Immediately after birth, they are still connected to their mothers and receive oxygen through their umbilical cords.Know More
Ask the Scientist points out that "breathing" means a gas exchange involving the lungs, so this definition precludes "breathing" underwater. Once the umbilical cord is cut, the baby must be allowed to breathe air.
South Carolina's Charleston Birth Place points out several factors that prevent babies from breathing underwater during a water birth. For example, at birth, the baby's level of the chemical "prostaglandin" is high, and this inhibits breathing muscles. In addition, Charleston Birth Place indicates that newborns have dense fluid in their lungs, and water is not able to displace it.Learn more in Childbirth
A doctor who delivers babies is called an obstetrician, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Obstetrics is the medical specialty of caring for pregnant women. Before the 17th century, female midwives were responsible for delivering obstetrical care. By the 19th century, the field was well-established as a medical discipline.Full Answer >
On average, 4.5 babies are born per second across the world, based on information from August 2014. That is equal to 273 babies born per minute, according to the Population Reference Bureau. The large majority of those births happen in lesser developed countries, where 4.1 births occur per second.Full Answer >
Most black babies are born with purplish-blue skin, according to Birth.com. The skin color of babies of all races comes from sharing oxygen with their mothers. Minutes after birth, newborn skin turns pink and hands and feet may stay bluish for a few days until blood circulation matures.Full Answer >
An Australian woman gave birth to nine babies in 1971, but only six of the babies survived, according to CNN.com. This birth is documented in the Guinness Book of World Records.Full Answer >