Post # 1
For all pregnant bees or new momma bees, are you planning (or did you) have the directive of delayed cord clamping in your birth plans? If so, how was it received by your OB/midwife and how did you come to the decision to put it in there?
I haven’t read too many negatives to it, but I’ve also not had any of my friends do this so I’m not sure if it’s just not a popular practice in general, or just within my social group.
I’m planning on asking my OB next week at my appointment to see what he thinks, just wanted to hear other bee’s opinions on it.
Post # 3
@MrsSawyer: I’m not pregnant and have never had a child but I did hear the big advocate of this on NPR the other day. It sounds like a very good idea and I feel like it can’t hurt the baby especially since humans have been “delaying” for centuries. The guy said the delay is all of 60-90 seconds. When I have children, whenever that will be, I plan on looking into it.
Post # 4
Um, I put in my birth plan that I would like to wait until the cord stops pulsing prior to clamping. I also requested that Darling Husband be given the option of actually doing it. All right in my birth plan. I just said “Prefer blah blah blah.”
Post # 5
I’m planning on it, I haven’t really brought it up yet, though. I don’t think they will mind, but I do know that they like to push donating cord blood, so hopefully they don’t think I’m selfish for not donating it, haha.
Post # 6
I know a lot of people are pushing for delayed cord clamping, but I really don’t know much more about it. I don’t know how it helps the baby, but I figured it wouldn’t hinder.
I’ll be donating/storing cord blood when/if I have children.
Post # 7
@Hyperventilate: The main benefit is that a substantial amount of iron and some other nutrients reach the baby that otherwise wouldn’t. It makes the biggest difference for breastfed babies since formula is iron-supplemented but breast milk doesn’t have much.
I’m planning to delay cord clamping. There are known benefits and no known reasons not to. I haven’t had a chance to ask my midwife yet, but given that she does homebirths I’d be surprised if she doesn’t also support delayed cord clamping.
Post # 8
I had a home birth and it was our plan to delay the cord cutting. At the time of delivery I lost track of time though so I’m not sure how long we actually delayed. It felt like 10 minutes but maybe it was like 2? Anyway, I ended up asking the midwife if we could please cut the cord because it was pulling on me in a way that was irritating, and that’s when we did it.
Post # 9
I plan to wait until the cord stop pulsating and I’ve discussed it with one of the doctors at my OB practice. While I don’t think it’s standard practice at my hospital, they appear to be open to it if the mother wishes.
Post # 10
I have heard of this, but didn’t request it. I had a c-section so I think they did everything pretty quickly. They didn’t even ask my husband if he wanted to cut it.
Post # 11
We delayed a minute or so.
Moreso than “benefit” delaying actually helps alleviate *risk* of hypoxia, which can damage brain & organ cells. If you think about it… in the womb the bronchials have never expanded or filled with air SO the first few breaths are doing just that, but they aren’t at their optimum capacity for a number of breaths. If you cut the cord immediately, the lungs still aren’t getting all the oxygen it needs for the body, but as long as the cord is pulsating you can be assured the baby is getting lots of oxygenated blood… Infact if I remember correcly I think almost 20% it’s blood volume is added by delaying the clamping & cutting!
Sidenote: It’s been awhile since I researched it so I don’t have any citation…. all my pregnancy/labor info is on my old computer that no longer has a working battery (yea, I should really get that fixed).
Post # 12
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There are only certain hospitals where you get the option of donation cord blood in Australia and for the most part they’re private hospitals and/or in the big city. I’m going for a public hospital in a rural area so I will most likely delay the cord cutting for the reasons @runsyellowlites stated. (I’d read them on a website before I even got pregnant).
Post # 13
Where I work, delayed clamping is standard care, especially for pre-term babies it can be very beneficial. Food for thought though, if you’re thinking of cord blood banking the cord will need to be cut sooner so that there’s enough blood left in the placenta to actually collect for the bank.
Post # 14
im interested in this as well. i think i want to delay it but i havent heard anyone doing it IRL. i should ask my doc at the next appointment as well, if i remember. posting to follow along!
Post # 15
i think if you delay cord clamping, you cant store it in a cord bank. not positive though.
Post # 16
That’s correct – if you intend to bank cord blood, you can’t delay clamping.
The hospital I’ll deliver in delays clamping as a standard practice, which is great, though I also specified it in my birth preferences.