My sister gave birth vaginally. After the cutting of the cord, they took the baby away to the other side of the room to weigh, measure, give shots, remove fluid from lungs, dress, footprint etc.
I asked if I could touch the baby, and they said yes. So, I touched him as much as possible while they were doing all of this. However, the baby didn't get held by his mom for almost 45 minutes after birth. Then it was only after the baby was clothed and swaddled. No skin to skin contact. The only "issue" was that the baby had possibly swallowed some of his poop while he was still inside. They wanted to check his lungs for the merconium (sp?), but otherwise, the other stuff (shots, measuring etc. could have waited right?)
My sister was doing all the normal afterbirth things, but she could have held him for a few minutes while they wiped him down and got the snot/mucus out of his airway.
I just found it very odd. If I wasn't touching this baby, he wouldn't have touched human skin the entire first night of his life.