Babies with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) will respond to life outside the womb in different ways. It is not always predictable how a baby will respond after birth, so the below is simply a guide for the most common steps that many CDH babies undertake. All babies born with CDH need to be managed in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Because a baby with CDH has underdeveloped lungs, they need to be put onto a breathing machine straight after birth (this process is known as intubation). The baby is then stabilised and put on drugs such as morphine to keep them calm and out of pain.