Written by Kimberly Wadsworth
Fruit Of Your Womb.com
Delayed Cord Clamping
Have you heard of delayed cord clamping? I learned about it when I was pregnant with my second! For most people this is an after-thought. If you were like me and spent most of your pregnant days eating hooters’ hot wings and later complaining about the massive amount of heartburn you had, then all of the specifics of dealing with the ‘after birth’ was low on your list of priorities, following which fabric you will choose to recreate a pin detailing a ‘no-sew hospital gown’ which would ultimately become a pinterest-fail.
I am writing this post to encourage you to have your decision about delayed cord clamping take precedence! After all it does contain about 1/3rd of the baby’s total blood volume.
Delayed Cord Clamping means waiting 4-10 minutes, or until the cord finishes pulsing to cut the cord. This offers many benefits to baby; it prevents iron deficiency anemia in infants, increases blood volume, reduces the need for blood transfusions, decreases instances of intracranial hemorrhage in preterm infants, it may also prevent iron deficiency during the first year of life.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers a plethora of information on delayed cord clamping to further your learning enjoyment.
The World Health Organization recommends “Delayed umbilical cord clamping (not earlier than 1 min after birth) is recommended for improved maternal and infant health and nutrition outcomes.”
I was inspired to write this post when I was encapsulating a placenta and discovered the cord had a considerable amount of blood still in it. I wondered silently a few things; first, if the mother had known about delayed cord clamping, second, if the doctor waited at all before clamping, third, if delayed clamping were on her birth plan at all, and finally if it did appear on her birth plan, and the doctor just overlooked the request. I understand childbirth can become a whirlwind, and many unexpected things occur, so all of these thoughts were viable options.
I hoped that the new mom had known about delayed cord clamping, but I know the truth which is pregnancy is a tremendous excitement riddled with unknowns and unfamiliarities. We do our best to learn everything we can to gear up for baby’s arrival; from breastfeeding to episiotomies, but inevitably some things (or a lot of things!) slip through the cracks.
You could also take it to the extreme and opt for a lotus birth; never cutting the cord at all, rather treating the placenta with salt, wrapping it in a bag, and waiting for it to fall off on it’s own. And yes, this IS an option available to mothers giving birth at a hospital.
Remember it is your birth, your choice!
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