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Delayed cord cutting

Monday, June 14th, 2010

On the back of Third Stage of Labour Class today, this research is especially interesting.

“Delaying clamping the umbilical cord for a slightly longer period of time allows more umbilical cord blood volume to transfer from mother to infant and, with that critical period extended, many good physiological “gifts” are transferred through ‘nature’s first stem cell transplant’ occurring at birth.”

suggest researchers at the University of South Florida’s Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair.

There is no reason, even in a managed third stage, why cord cutting cant be delayed until the cord has naturally stopped pulsating and the baby has got its full quota of nutritious placental blood. As increasingly women are routinely being given syntometrine, sometimes as quickly as after the delivery of the baby’s shoulders it is really important that your esearch the differneces between a physiological vs managed third stage and state clearly what you would prefer, all things being equal.