New Technology Assists in Infant Head Shaping
Newborn With Severe Head Molding Shows How Much Babies Go Through During Birth
When Nikki and her husband arrived at the hospital for the birth of their second child, she was four days past her due date. She was also nine centimeters dilated — her little boy was coming, and fast.
The only issue? He was positioned slightly sideways, which meant a little extra work for Nikki. "Her son's head was a little bit crooked in the birth canal but her body and the baby knew what to do," Kayla Reeder, the couple's birth photographer, told GoodHousekeeping.com. "She pushed him out without intervention."
After an hour of labor, little Graham entered the world — with an oblong head.
It looks shocking (disfigured, even) in photos, but for babies of vaginal births, newborn head molding is more common than you'd think. At the time of birth, a baby's skull is soft and malleable, with gaps in between the plates of the bone (this is why babies have a soft spot at the top of their head!). Pressure on a newborn's head — like the pressure exerted during vaginal childbirth — in addition to the fluid and blood that collects in and around the brain during delivery occasionally results in a cone-like head shape. This is 100% normal and subsides in a couple of days. Babies born breech (feet first!) or via C-section usually don't experience this and are, therefore, born with a round head.
"He was perfect, even with his extreme molding," Reeder explained. "Just hours after birth the molding had gone down and a couple days later you couldn't even tell."
As Reeder's powerful photos demonstrate, Graham's family saw perfection in their newest addition. "The love, adoration, relief that he was finally here radiated through the family," Reeder told .
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