Okay, so I have 3 things on my list of topics to research and I honestly don't even know where to begin!! Okay, so 2 of the 3 things I'm gonna start with my doctor, but the 3rd I started to google and geez!!! Talk about information overload!
So, tell me what you know about:
Delayed Cord Clamping
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
In the past couple years it has become routine in our hospital (I'm a mat RN). Midwives did it long before that, but now the GPs and OBs do it too as more evidence has emerged about the benefits of baby getting that extra bit of blood. The only time we don't do it is when baby is flat and we are taking to the warmer instead of putting baby skin-to-skin (which is also routine... I love my hospital )
My OB does it routinely as well. There was some concern about it increasing the risk of jaundice, but I believe most health practitioners feel the benefits outweigh that risk. In a normal term baby it increases iron stores and blood volume. In a preterm infant, the benefits are even greater if it is possible to delay it. It aids in delivering oxygen-rich blood to the baby that might have problems breathing.
We delayed just because that seemed more "normal" to me-- more biologically based. It just makes sense to leave baby connected to the placenta until the placenta is out IMO.
We've delayed it for three out of our four kids and not one had jaundice......
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
I never did it with my boys but will be doing it with this baby. It helps that that's just what my midwife does. I never really cared either way but I'm actually excited about doing it this time. I'm also excited for my midwife to let the placenta come out on it's own. My dr pulled my placenta out with DS2 and I think that's what actually caused my bad bleeding. I remember her tugging on it and feeling this sharp pain where the placenta came off and then the bleeding started. Anyway, totally off topic there. I think the benefits of delayed cord clamping, when everything looks good with babe, is awesome. DS2 had a bit of jaundice, so I don't think it matters if you delay or not it can happen no matter what.
DS1-7/18/08, DS2-2/23/10, DS3 1/18/12
TTC in fall/winter of 2014
well, both my boys had jaundice ... my last one almost needed a billi blanket, but that's mostly because our incompatible blood types crossed.
that's another concern of mine.
I'm RH negative.. both my boys are positive.. it's highly likely that this baby will be positive as well.. how does that play into things? Increased risk of crossing, decreased risk of crossing?
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
Here is an awesome, somewhat lengthy, look at delayed cord cutting. I found this to be SO helpful in answering all the general concerns and risks. I don't recall if it addresses the Rh factor though. It's from an OBGYN doing Grand Rounds, where he tells his journey from just going with the flow and clamping immediately to researching, learning, and changing his practice to delayed. Very cool stuff!
I never did this with any of my other babies, but it's something that I'm definitely looking into with this baby... great information!
Krystal & Donovan - 12/2/06
Reagan - 10/2/02
Maximus - 3/10/05
Liberty - 12/11/08
My angel in Heaven 1/7/13