Paging Dr. JP

JP is our resident Physician’s Assistant.  Or soon to be at least.  He is currently slaving away in his first year of schooling, and in a few more he will be ready to assist in whatever fashion.  In the meantime, I will do my best to test his sharpness and seeing if any of the endless information being thrown at him is sticking. 

So here’s my question… Rather, here’s the setup.

I was taking a bath a few minutes ago (because of a pinched nerve, I swear), and while greatly enjoying the comfort of the warm tub, I had a thought: 

What happens in that instant a baby is brought into this world, is slapped on the rump, and lets out his/her battle cry? 

What made me think of this is that me floating in the tub all peaceful, is about as close as I am going to get to recreating my own womb experience.  I am almost entirely drug free, so that optional route is out.  But since my neonatal memory is a bit fuzzy, what does a baby experience weeks, days, or even the day before its birth, and then what changes when they are air-borne? 

I know the answer seems obvious, but I am more interested in the consciousness part.  Is the baby in REM the whole time, or is it alert at times, looking around in the murky fluid (ughhh…sorry)?  I would assume that it would have to be in some form of REM state or something while the synapses continue to form or whatnot.  (JP are you laughing at my ignorance.  Don’t man.  Don’t make me hate your soon to be elitism). 

The reason I assume this, is because if the baby was conscious…awake…then wouldn’t it have the opportunity to freak out.  Sure, kicking and all is a part of the gestation period, but hell we do that in our sleep.  I am thinking that the baby has to be zoned out for its, and the mother’s own survival. 

Anyways, enligthen me JP.  I am interested.  Sure I could probably just Google it up, but what’s better than hearing it from a soon to be professional.

And of course, if you young fathers want to jump in, you can as well.

It’s crazy though.  Does breathing in oxygen flip the switch?


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