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Ensure that baby is breathing (it might be a good idea to use APGAR scoring, it is up to you) and mother isn't losing too much blood.  

After giving birth, you may find that you have torn.  Take appropriate measures to resolve any problems properly, even if it means a trip to the hospital.  Also keep in mind that every mother is different.  One woman can lose a lot of blood and be fine, and another may lose less but need help.  (Generally, if you have lost more than 2 cups of blood, this is cause for concern.)  This is why it is important to take good care of yourself during pregnancy.  Hemorrhage is definitely a concern for those women that are anemic (have low iron levels).  It might be a good idea to get your hemoglobin checked during pregnancy.  Normal range is 11-14.  Tears can be glued together with liquid bandage or super glue, or you can choose to do nothing and hold your legs together in bed after the birth.  It depends on the woman, and the tear.  

Also, it is not necessary to wash the vernix off of the baby.  Vernix is beneficial.  It protects the skin and will soak in within a few hours after birth.

Here is the story my unassisted birth with my twin girls.


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