Clamping the Umbilical Cord – Ina Mae Gaskin – Guide to Childbirth
“The time of clamping off the umbilical cord after birth varies a good deal according to where the baby is born. Babies born at home or in birth centers usually have their cords clamped at the time chosen by the parents (usually after the pulsing of the blood vessels in the cord stops). Hospitals, on the other hand, tend to favor cord-clamping a the first opportunity. Those who are critical of the assembly-line approach point out that preempting the physiological process is likely to increase problems such as retained placenta, postpartum hemorrhage, and respiratory distress in babies.
Studies have shoo that delayed cord-clamping allows between twenty and fifty percent of the baby’s blood volume to flow into the baby. Early cord-clamping also results in lower hemotcrit or hemoglobin values in the newborn (fewer red blood cells). Midwives agree that premature babies especially benefit from later cord-clamping.”
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