Delayed Cord Clamping

What is delayed cord clamping and why does it matter?

Depending on your care provider, your baby's umbilical cord may be clamped immediately after delivery or they may wait until the cord stops pulsing before clamping it*. Is one way better than the other? What are the pros and cons of each? Go read up on it, but here's an interesting video giving you a visual demonstration of the amount of blood volume in a newborn baby compared to the volume of blood in the umbilical cord (which is potentially lost with an immediate clamping.)

*The cord is clamped generally by the doctor or midwife and a second clamp is placed on the cord just above the baby's belly. It's a bit later when the partner or someone else does the symbolic cutting of the cord just above that clamp by the belly so there's not a large cord left hanging. The important issue is when that first clamp is placed as that is what cuts off the blood flowing back into the baby from the cord.

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