I haven't attended a birth yet, and I heard or saw on some TV show that babies are turn upside down by the doctor and / or slapped in the butt to force them to cry, with the intention of make them start breathing.

Is this a legit medical procedure?

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    No, don't assist a birth. If you want to be a doctor or nurse then go to school. Here is what I turned up from a quick search, El Pais,elpais.com/elpais/2018/03/06/inenglish/1520334601_183672.html
    – Gordon
    Jul 28, 2018 at 21:11
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    The above is just my opinion. Others here may have additional information or advice for you.
    – Gordon
    Jul 28, 2018 at 21:13
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    That's an old practice discarded years ago. No one trained the last 50 years holds babies upside down or slaps them anywhere. In most cases the baby will begin breathing on its own without intervention. Take a course on childbirth to learn what steps to take if more is needed.
    – Carey Gregory
    Jul 28, 2018 at 22:15
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    Frankly, I don’t understand why this was closed. It’s not asking for personal medical advice, it’s about whether a practice is common, and @CareyGregory ‘s answer would be a perfectly valid answer on this.
    – Narusan
    Jul 30, 2018 at 14:58
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    @Narusan Okay, I voted to reopen.
    – Carey Gregory
    Jul 30, 2018 at 18:06


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