Umbilical cords are so fascinating to me. I love seeing them as baby comes out and then what they look like after delayed cord clamping, when baby gets all of their blood.
Delayed cord clamping is when we leave the cord alone until it stops pulsing and turns limp and white. If you feel like you want to have it clamped earlier then that, the Who recommends that the cord be left alone for at least 1-3 minutes, preferably 3, and not be clamped any earlier then 1 minute.
When we wait to clamp the cord there is a return of blood from the placenta to baby and this increases the baby's red blood cells and iron stores. When we practice Delayed Cord Clamping we see additional 40 to 50 mg/kg of iron transfers to baby, this can be vital for healthy brain development and can help reduce the risk of anemia. Delayed Cord Clamping is also said to help baby transition better from womb to the outside world and well. Delayed Cord Clamping is beneficial for not only term babies but premature babies as well, some would say even more beneficial for preterm babies even.
Did you practice Delayed Cord Clamping? How long did you leave it before clamping?
So far I have found that all of the hospitals and providers in the Fort Polk, LA and surrounding areas, have been really great about parents wishes to delay cord clamp. Some providers at these hospitals have even brought it up first and let my birth clients know that they practice delayed cord clamping.