baby's rating at birth

Your Child's First Test: The APGAR

Put away the flash cards and don't expect too much too early; rarely does any baby get a perfect score on this test. Although it is your child's first assessment, it is not a predictor of your their future behavior or intellect. The APGAR was developed in 1952 by obstetric anesthesiologist, Virginia Apgar. This has become a standard tool in assessing newborn babies.