What causes some newborns to have a cone shaped head?

Ana Paula Markel, Doula, explains the reason why some newborns have weird, funny, or cone shaped heads when they are born and how long it takes for their heads to be normal shaped
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What causes some newborns to have a cone shaped head?

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Sometimes, after baby is born, they will have a little bit of a cone head. The head will be shaped a little bit pointy. The reason is that as the mother's bones are expanding during the process of labor and birth, the bones on the baby's head are not fused together and they mold. The head of the baby molds. Meanwhile, the baby tucks their chin and with the back of their heads, they look for the cervix. So they work very well. The first part of the baby's head that is going to start to come out is the top of the head, which then molds to head to fit gently into the birth canal. when we think about the baby's head coming out, it is not a round circumference. It is a molded, gentle coming out. That molding goes away within 24-48 hours.

Ana Paula Markel, Doula, explains the reason why some newborns have weird, funny, or cone shaped heads when they are born and how long it takes for their heads to be normal shaped

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Ana Paula Markel

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Ana Paula Markel is the mother of four children. Having experienced two cesarean births, a medicated vaginal birth and a natural birth (in that order,) Ana Paula discovered a passionate interest in the childbirth process. Her goal is to assist mothers and families to explore the many options available in childbirth and to take responsibility for their choices.

Ana Paula has been teaching a very fun and active childbirth preparation workshop in Los Angeles for the past nine years and has supported hundreds of families during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Ana is also a doula trainer for DONA International and has been mentoring new doulas for the past six years. Ana Paula is honored to serve as Director of International Development for DONA International and to be on the advisory board for PAM (Pregnancy Awareness month.) In 2008 Ana founded BINI Birth, a center in Los Angeles dedicated to the childbirth education field, doula training and green pregnancy retail. BINI offers a variety of classes for pregnant couples and new parents. BINI offers yoga, Hypnobirthing, breastfeeding classes and support groups for new mothers and Ana’s very popular workshops. BINI Birth is also the premiere doula referral service in Los Angeles. Ana Paula is passionate about connecting families of all backgrounds with their ideal birth support.

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