Delayed Cord Cutting Know Anything About It

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SaraH - February 19

Do any of you know much about delayed cutting of the umbilical cord? I've been reading up a bit on it and it sounds like it may have some benefits for the baby, and from what I've read there don't seem to actually be any side effects (although there are a few doc's who think that the baby could possibly get too much blood if you wait, however, from the little bit I've read on it nothing really seems to support this). Since 30% or more of the babies blood is in the umbilical cord at the time of birth, it kind of seems logical that it might be a good idea to wait a minute or two after birth (unless there is some complications obviously) so that some of that blood actually gets back into the babies body, but I really don't know much about it. So, I'm wondering if any of you have heard/know anything about it? Also for those of you who aren't here in the US, do you know how quickly the doc's normally cut the cord where you're at? Here the doc's tend to clamp and cut it immediately after birth, but I've been told that if you ask them to wait most of them will. Also from what I've read a lot of mid-wives and ppl who have a less "clinical" and more "natural" view of birth tend to be very supportive of delaying the cutting; some even waiting until the cord completely stops pulsating before they cut it. So anyways, just wondering if you girls have any info or thoughts on it. If you do I'd appreciate it. I'm thinking I'll bring up the issue w/ my OB on Thursday and see what she has to say. Thanks.


sahmof3 - February 20

Wow! This is surprising to me to hear that doctors don't wait until it stops pulsing! I had c-sections so I don't know exactly what point my kids' cords were cut... it's just surprising because even in my EMT cla__s we were told to wait until it stops pulsing to cut the cord!!


SaraH - February 21

Sahmof3, from what I've head during a C-section they clamp it right away w/ just as they do in a v____al birth. It makes much more sense to me though to wait until the cord stops pulsating, although I'm just hoping that my doc will be compliant w/ waiting for even a minute (although the cord wont have stop pulsating yet). I just think that logically, and from my biology/health background that it would make sense to wait and allow the baby to have it's blood back. I mean that blood is the babies blood, and it seems kind of crazy that we'd think it best to clamp/cut it off from getting back to the child. Also the baby has to switch to 'breathing' and it seems like waiting to cut the cord for a minute would make that transition easier on the babies body, as it would help guaranty that there wouldn't be any O2 shortage. Anyways, I found that if you do a search on delayed cord cutting, or umbilical cord cutting there is a decent amount of info on it, if you're interested in learning more. ---I'd still appreciate any info anyone else can give though.



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