Have we talked about delayed cord clamping?

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Have we talked about delayed cord clamping?

It never even crossed my mind with two girls. In conversation with a friend, she got me thinking about this. I did a little research online, but I get positives and negatives of both (delayed cutting and moments after birth)

Has anyone done this with their other children?

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No and I personally am not interested in it at all. Most doctors will roll their eyes with this one as well. It really doesn't make any difference in the long run. For me, baby comes out, cord is clamped, I get a shot of lutalyse and placenta is out within 5 minutes and I can relax and get away from the whole birthing process. If you want to drag out the affair and have a placenta that comes out 1-2 hours later and more management than it should be your personal choice I guess. I can definately see how it makes things harder for the hospital staff, they have a lot of women to take care and they want to see every birth finish up quickly to know that everything is OK. You can't always determine if there will be bleeding problems until you get that placenta out so to me I want it out asap.

With all of my babies they were placed on my belly for a few minutes and then Dad cut the cord etc. so it wasn't done immediately but still I wouldn't call it very delayed. There's an article about it here that's recent...
http://www.canada.com/topics/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=f4f5c135-7896-4e85-b9de-8ee5471be5b2&k=17171

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I've thought about it and was going to bring it up to my OB on Monday to get his thoughts on the matter.

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Delayed cord clamping is standard for the hospital I'm delivering at.

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I had actually never heard of it until recently. A friend of mine had a home birth and they delayed clamping the cord for an hour. Her son breastfed the whole time. That is the first time I had ever heard of it, but now I hear about it more and more since I will be doing HypnoBirthing. I'm going to have to do more research on it and talk to my OB before I make a decision.

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Definitely will be doing it. It's baby blood and I think baby should have it, just makes sense to me. With my oldest I didn't know, with my second she was born blue with the cord around her neck twice so it was also cut right away and my third we delayed. He's also my only baby that didn't need lights for his jaundice. (all 3 had it) My placentas all came fast too, with DS it was only a minute after his birth and that's with no shot of anything

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I have no desire to do it. DD was with me while waiting for the placenta to be delivered and then when I was being stitched up. I think I delivered the placenta really fast and I had no shots. I also had no uterine cramping afterwards. They didn't take DD to get weighed until I was ready to shower. She did not suffer from jaundice either - luck of the draw on my part?

I also allow all the eye gunk, shots etc.

I did, however, send in my cord blood application form yesterday!

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I believe in delayed cord clamping.

For me, we waited probably about a half an hour. It was not detrimental to anything, nor did it hold anyone back. My midwife and her apprentice were right there the whole time anyway, so it wasn't holding them back from anything. I wanted to snuggle my baby for awhile so he was right there anyway.

I'm not sure what delayed cord clamping has to do with "delivering" the placenta, because I've never heard of any relation between the two - but my placenta was ready not long at all after the cord was cut... definitely definitely no longer than 45 minutes after the birth of my baby.

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With my last LO they delayed it just until the cord stopped pulsing...

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Usually the longer the cord is left intact the longer the placenta will still in - which can cause other problems.

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I have never heard about this and gunna research it. Sounds intresting tho.

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The research I've done shows that the benefit is pretty much recieved after the first 1-3 minutes, so I am requesting that amount of "delay". It will allow her to get the 40% of blood volume that is still circulating in the placenta. Longer than that, you get diminishing returns. Im NOT requesting delayed until it stops pulsing etc.

Academic OB/GYN has a good grand rounds on the topic and research behind it.

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My hospital and OB are not into cutting right away. With DS i was about 10-15 mintues before they cut the cord,allowing DH & I to snuggle the baby for a few minutes before he cut he cord. they are also baby friendly so baby doesn't leave the room anyway so that makes for less "push" to get things done right away.

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i think i asked this question on the August boards. i was looking into the delayed cord cutting and the idea of taking baby away right away to clean her up, weigh measure etc. i read that if baby starts nursing right away it triggers a process that starts the process of sealing blood vessels, which helps the placenta come out and also help for mom to not bleed as long. alot of woman over there said that they didnt bleed as long. i havent talked to my dr yet, but after reading some of these responses i realize i have alot more research to do. i dont want LO taken away from me immediately and i dont want to bleed for 6 weeks either LOL

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Laura- you're right. Breastfeeding immediately helps the uterus to contract and helps to stop bleeding, get the placenta to come out, etc. But I hate to tell you- you're going to bleed for six-ish weeks afterward no matter what. Whether you have a vaginal delivery or a c-section, whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, that's just what your body does. But it's really not that big of a deal... just like having a long period, and it should be getting lighter and lighter and time goes by. By the end it's just a little spotting.

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I didn't really get a choice in this last time around as DS was born in distress...so I will certainly be asking my mw about it at my appt today!

SO interesting to read about everyone's plans and research.

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I don't really have strong feelings on it, it typically hasn't been done immediately with my kiddos (other than the first who was forceps so went to NICU team right away-but was fine), and as someone else said, the greatest benefit is those first few minutes. But I don't think I would want to wait an hour or so. Truthfully those first few minutes after delivery are kind of a haze to me of excitement and relief (I will be honest, more relief than anything!).

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"heatherliz2002" wrote:

Laura- you're right. Breastfeeding immediately helps the uterus to contract and helps to stop bleeding, get the placenta to come out, etc. But I hate to tell you- you're going to bleed for six-ish weeks afterward no matter what. Whether you have a vaginal delivery or a c-section, whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, that's just what your body does. But it's really not that big of a deal... just like having a long period, and it should be getting lighter and lighter and time goes by. By the end it's just a little spotting.

Thanks! i will take what comes at me as i have no choice LOL. nothing wrong with "wishful thinking" right? LOL i am definatley going to hold off cutting the cord for a few minutes and i will push to bf immediately too. DH already knows to push this for me Smile

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Interesting thread to read!!!! Thanks for all the responses. I will be delivering at a new hospital this time around so I am not sure what their standards are as well as what the new OB thinks about this. I am interested in researching a little more!

Thanks.

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My two prior kids had really short and thick cords... short as in the baby could only be placed up on my lower belly, no higher... so we cut the cords after a few minutes just to get baby up by my breasts. I think I'd like to wait a couple of minutes, but no longer again. I deliver the placenta really quickly (or have so far anyway)... so, I don't think when the cord is cut will really affect placental delivery.