Delayed Cord Clamping | Vancouver Doula and Birth Photographer

delayed cord clampingI have watched umbilical cords be left intact, by trusting midwives, until the placenta is released. This can take upwards of 30 minutes. During that time I can see the cord change from a rich thick purple cord to a limp white cord that is obviously not transferring any blood. How I know it is not transferring any blood is because the placenta is no longer attached to the mothers uterus. delayed cord clamping It is usually sitting in a bowl close to mom and baby.

Completely hands off I can see that the cord is transferring oxygenated blood to the baby for longer then 2 minutes, which is what most care providers believe delayed cord clamping is. The image below is 45 seconds post birth, 12 minutes post birth and 23 minutes post birth, retrospectively.

 

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