tests after birth Apgar test

Apgar Score

Immediately after birth, your baby will be evaluated through an Apgar Score to determine his or her state of health. This routine test measures a baby’s responsiveness and vital signs.

Five factors are checked:

  • heart rate
  • breathing
  • colour
  • muscle tone
  • reflex response

The Apgar Score is a good tool to assess how the baby is doing at the time of birth, but it does not necessarily show how well the baby did before birth or how it will do in the future.