Cut The Cord? Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed Cord Clamping – The Benefits Explained
Cutting the umbilical cord immediately after the baby is born used to be standard practice for midwives and obstetricians. This practice has been routine since the 1960s as it was thought to prevent heavy bleeding in the mother following the birth. Later research revealed that in fact it does not reduce haemorrhaging of the mother or offer any other clear benefit, but sadly the practice continued anyway. Fortunately, more recently it has come to light that waiting until the cord has stopped pulsating before clamping and cutting it has huge benefits for the baby! Speak to your midwife about the advantages and note it in your birth preference/plan. (Please note that there are some rare medical circumstances whereby immediate cord clamping and cutting is necessary, but this is the exception to the rule). During pregnancy, the baby’s blood circulates through the placenta, where it receives oxygen and nutrients from the mother. At any time, about a third of the baby’s blood is in the placenta. After birth, if the umbilical cord is allowed to stop pulsating (usually 3 to 5 minutes, sometimes longer) before being clamped and cut, most of the blood will transfer to the baby. When the cord is cut immediately, the baby misses out on this normal biological blood transfer.
Benefits of delayed cord clamping:
-baby establishes normal breathing more quickly -improved iron levels for up to six months, which boosts physical and mental development
-anaemia is less likely to occur (even months later)
-an increase in blood volume of about 30%
-higher levels of red blood cells for the first day to two days
-neurodevelopmental benefits
-increased levels of stem cells ☯️ pic @breedownes_doula_photographer#holistichealth #asnatureintended#pregnancyacupuncture #tcm#cuttingthecord #womenshealth#holisticapproach #naturalapproach#gentlebirth

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