Will I be able to hold my baby straightaway?

Gentle stroking movements and the sound of your heartbeat and voice will reassure your baby.

Her eyes will be able to focus on your face at a distance of 20-25cm (8-10 inches).

Research has shown that you can bond with your baby for life almost instantly, if you can be left alone together without interference.

If private time isn’t offered, then ask for it. Don’t worry if this instant bonding does not happen. You might just both be too tired and exhausted after the delivery.