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Newborn Head Molding During Birth

What Happened to This Baby's Head During Birth Will Make Your Jaw Hit the Floor

Newborn Head Molding During Birth
Image Source: K Reeder Photography

Nikki went into labor with her second child on Valentine's Day morning, four days after her due date. She waited a few hours before going to the hospital, but then progressed much faster than anyone expected. Within an hour of being admitted, she was already nine centimeters dilated.

By the time her birth photographer, Kayla Reeder, arrived, Nikki was getting ready to welcome her baby into the world. "Her daughter came in for a kiss before it was time to push and you could tell how much it encouraged mama," Kayla told POPSUGAR. "Little man was a bit sideways so mama had to work a little harder but no additional interventions were necessary."

Nikki pushed for about an hour before finally meeting baby Graham and had immediate skin-to-skin contact with her newborn. "The love, adoration, relief that he was finally here radiated through the family and Graham was perfect in every way. Right down to his little cone head," Kayla said.

The bones throughout a newborn's head are not only soft but also flexible with spaces between them and Penn State Hershey Medical Center explains that are many reasons why babies born vaginally don't come out with a round head like babies born via C-section or breech positioning. "When a baby is born in a head-first position, pressure on the head in the birth canal may mold the head into an oblong shape," their website states. "Fluid and blood collection in and around the scalp is common during delivery. It will most often go away in a few days."

According to Kayla, the molding of Graham's head was "extra dramatic" during delivery because of his position. "His head was tilted a bit to the side so the molding isn't centered and it caused his mama to push for a bit longer than if he would have been in a better position," she said. "Soon after birth the molding went down and by the time he was a few days old, he had a perfectly shaped head. It's no cause for alarm or concern in this case and his birth was in no way traumatic because of it."

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