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Delayed Cord Clamping

One of the most common questions I get from soon to be parents is about when to cut the umbilical cord after the baby is born. Most people have heard that waiting a period of time, known as delayed cord clamping, can be beneficial for the newborn. And if you have gone through pregnancy, doing your best to incorporate healthy practices, here is another one to consider! The way this goes involves waiting for a *short period* once baby has been delivered before clamping and cutting the cord, allowing extra blood and oxygen from the placenta to transfer to the baby. It’s believed to provide health benefits, such as improved iron stores and better circulatory and respiratory adjustments to life outside the womb.

I say do your own research, decide on what you want, tell your caregiver and include it in your birth plan!

A great resource video on delayed cord clamping is by a renowned author, doula and childbirth educator, Penny Simkin. The link is below the article.

*a short period can feel long after all that time birthing! Some mothers will have the baby on their chest and wait as long as it takes for the cord to stop pulsating, along with seeing the color of the cord change, signalling that the blood has drained.