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Danger signs at the birth

Created by BabyCenter

If you notice any of these things happening, go to a health worker or health facility as soon as you can.


  • If your waters have broken but you are not in labour after 6 hours

  • Your contractions are lasting for over 12 hours, but the baby has not come yet

  • You are bleeding heavily and the blood soaks more than 2 to 3 pads in 15 minutes

  • Your placenta has not come out, and it is 1 hour after the birth of your baby

Your baby:

  • You notice that your baby does not cry at birth, or has difficulty breathing

  • You notice that your baby cannot breastfeed

  • You notice that your baby has a fever, or feels cold

  • Your baby is very small (less than 1500 grams or born earlier than 32 weeks)

  • Your baby has fits

02 April 2015