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Umbilical Cord Clamping

Before your baby is born, it’s worth considering what you’d like to happen to the umbilical cord which connects the mother to the baby. 


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You may choose to have it cut straight away or you may prefer to leave it for a while - which is known as delayed cord clamping. 


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Delayed cord clamping allows the baby to receive a majority of their foetal blood back, which is rich in oxygen, stem cells and nutrients. 


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Delayed cord clamping is especially beneficial to premature babies where immediate cord clamping can deprive them of up to 50% of their intended blood volume.  


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Optimal clamping involves leaving the cord untouched until all the blood has passed back to the baby and the cord appears white and limp - hence the term β€˜wait for white’. 


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Some parents choose a lotus birth where the cord remains connected to the baby and placenta, until it dries and detaches naturally. 


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You can still request delayed cord clamping if you have a C-section.  


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Optimal cord clamping is easily facilitated in a majority of births and waiting until the cord has stopped pulsating and becomes white is becoming increasingly normal practice in births where there is no medical reason to speed things up, allowing the baby to naturally to life outside the uterus.  


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