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|