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Delayed Cord Clamping, Have You Done It, Or Thought About It?

Read about delayed cord clamping here: http://www.bellybelly.com.au/articles/birth/cord-clamping-delaying-cord-clamping

I planned to delay the cord clamping with my son, unfortunately with the way things went with his birth (he was born a month early, delivered by an OB I'd never met because mine was out of town, etc.) it didn't happen. I plan to do delayed cord clamping this time, it will be in my birth plan (as it was last time), and I plan to talk to my OB about it at my first appointment (this I hadn't gotten around to last time). I was just wondering if anyone has done delayed cord clamping before, if you've thought about it, or even heard of it.

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dedicatedrider

Asked by dedicatedrider at 11:15 AM on Oct. 30, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • yes absolutely! I have had two homebirths and both times we waited for the pulse to stop in the cord and for the cord to turn white.
    CNLueck

    Answer by CNLueck at 11:19 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

  • yes. we did. homebirths as well
    charisma10

    Answer by charisma10 at 11:39 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

  • I did it with my first child- a homebirth. With my second I didnt have the option cause I was in the hospital and now with this one I will. Its a great choice to make. good luck.
    mommyof2kiddos

    Answer by mommyof2kiddos at 11:57 AM on Oct. 30, 2008

  • I thought about it but never ended up doing it. Next time I'll actually put together a birth plan and make sure that's part of it. We wouldn't have been able to do it with my son because we had some complications and he wasn't breathing but we could have done it with my daughter...just didn't really remember to ask at the time.
    bretsnag

    Answer by bretsnag at 12:37 PM on Oct. 30, 2008

  • I plan to do it this time around. It will happen unless there is some emergancy because I'm having a homebirth.
    Lynette

    Answer by Lynette at 12:50 PM on Oct. 30, 2008

  • This is very important and as long as there are no complications it should be standard practice. I had a hospital birth with my daughter and we waited til the cord stopped pulsating. The midwives kept annoying my husband asking "can we cut it yet" to which he continually replied "Is it done pulsating?" But with my son (home birth)we were more informed that letting the placenta deliver is great because you are sure the baby received everything. These sites help explain why cutting the cord until it is done pulsating is important. By delaying cord-clamping until the placenta is delivered you ensure the baby gets all of the nutrients and there brain isn’t deprived of oxygen.
    EmbracingBirth

    Answer by EmbracingBirth at 8:43 PM on Oct. 30, 2008

  • exceeded characters had to add a second post!
    This is good to do as long as it is safe for mother and baby. This ensures the baby gets all of the nutrients and has a chance to switch over to breathing oxygen properly.
    http://www.mercola.com/2002/jan/2/umbilical_cord.htm
    http://www.empoweredchildbirth.com/articles/birth/cord.html
    http://advance.uri.edu/pacer/april2003/story11.htm
    http://www.gentlebirth.org/

    I hope everything goes as planned for you.
    Jessica
    EmbracingBirth

    Answer by EmbracingBirth at 8:44 PM on Oct. 30, 2008

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