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Old 10-03-2007, 11:15 AM   #1
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Another question...Umbilical cord

I have heard of waiting to cut the cord until it stops pulsing? Can you educate me? Why wait? Why do drs usually do it so fast?

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Old 10-03-2007, 11:48 AM   #2
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Re: Another question...Umbilical cord

We waited with our last baby and she got all of her blood that way. She had no trouble with jaundice either and both of the olders did! I was glad we waited with her. Their blood goes between the placenta and the baby, so if you wait they get all of it. Hope this helps, Tina
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:11 PM   #3
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Re: Another question...Umbilical cord

Yes, there is a LOT of super oxygenated blood in there, plus stem cells which can become any type of cell baby's body needs. We bank our kids' cord blood, but if we didn't, we would ask to delay the cord clamping & cutting until after it stops pulsing.
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Re: Another question...Umbilical cord

I've never heard of this. Can someone link me to a journal article or something? I'd like to avoid jaundice with this next one if possible.
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Re: Another question...Umbilical cord

I cut the cord after birthing the placenta with my baby. What is really great is that you can be assured (baring any issues with the placenta) that your baby is getting oxygen, blood, nutrients, etc. My baby was born with the her cord around her neck and was blue. She wasn't really breathing yet so naturally I kinda freaked. My midwife gently reminded me that the cord was still attached so that my baby was getting everything she needed and to just give her a second to get started. Not 3 seconds after that she took her first breath and has no medical issues to date.

Here is a good article on cord cutting from Mothering Magazine:

http://www.mothering.com/sections/experts/buckley-archive3.html#cutcord

I am a huge supporter of gental birth done how the MOTHER wants it to be done, not the doctors. Be sure to LOUDLY and CLEARLY state your wants for the birth. This is the most important day of your life! You are going to do wonderful I know it
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Old 10-03-2007, 03:32 PM   #6
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Re: Another question...Umbilical cord

I like what I'm learning here. It makes a lot of sense. Thank you for the article link, too. The part about the placenta being bulky and more difficult to deliver makes a LOT of sense. I hate to think that I've deprived my two other kids of that much blood. Neither were jaundice but my oldest wasn't breathing when he came out. Having him still attached would have been comforting.

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Re: Another question...Umbilical cord

Try this link:

http://search.mercola.com/Results.as...ord%20clamping

If that does not work, try:

http://www.mercola.com/
then type cord clamping into the text box...lots of really interesing info!
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Re: Another question...Umbilical cord

I love this info. You learn something new everyday and this was something great to come across today.

Thanks for sharing all the info, mamas!
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Re: Another question...Umbilical cord

There is some good info already posted here , a lady in a local group I am in had a friend who's perfectly healthy baby girl died right after birth , they believe she died because her cord was clamped too soon and are trying to get a case together right now , it's very sad but it's very important to know about this , it's in my birth plan to let the cord stop pulsating before it is clamped and cut . I think she has a blog but I can't find the URL for it right now .
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Re: Another question...Umbilical cord

The midwife waited with DS too. I am not 100% sure how long as the first 10-15 mins after birth are a *total* whirlwind for me.

I also read somewhere that waiting can help with iron in the infant too because of the extra blood.
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