Delayed cord clamping results in better immediate newborn outcomes

Newborn and motherProf. Ochoa says:

”Our study demonstrates that late clamping of the umbilical cord has a beneficial effect upon the antioxidant capacity and reduces the inflammatory signal induced during labor, which could improve the development of the newborn during his or her first days of life.”



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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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Delayed Cord Clamping – Why You Should Demand It

“Umbilical cord blood is a baby’s life blood until birth. It contains many wonderfully precious cells, like stem cells, red blood cells and white blood cells (including cancer-fighting T-cells) to help fight disease and infection.”

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Delayed Cord Clamping: An All of Human History Practice (20th Century Exempted)

Left: a still-working cord. Right: a cord that is ready to be cut.

“There are many things that help our children to be as healthy as possible during their first minutes, hours, days, months and years. If the findings of some new research are correct, then ensuring that our babies get their full volume of blood as they are born might be one of the more important steps we can take for the well-being of our children.”

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