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Apgar score

The Apgar test is a quick test given to your newborn 1 minute after birth, and then again at 5 minutes after birth. It helps doctors and nurses determine your baby's well-being by looking at 5 different areas. The test is not a pass or fail test, it just helps your team make decisions on how to best care for your newborn. Babies can score anywhere from 1 to 10, with most healthy babies averaging a score of 7 or 8.

Points given for Apgar score

Five areas evaluated 0 1 2
Heart rate Absent Under 100 Greater than 100
Color Blue to pale Body pinking – feet and hands blue Pink
Breathing Absent Not regular Crying/good rate
Muscle tone Absent/flaccid Some movement Active movement
Reflexes No response to stimulation Grimace Sneeze or cough – responds to stimulation

Labor of Love app

Truman Medical Centers/University Health's Labor of Love app offers anytime, anywhere education powered by YoMingo®, a program designed to give you convenient access to valuable information. It includes the tools and support you need at every stage of your healthcare journey and beyond.

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