I had a client once whose doctor openly laughed when she said she wanted to delay her baby’s umbilical cord clamping. Her doctor claimed there was no benefit – which (he assured her) is why they cut cords so quickly. He went on to share the “risks” as well: the baby would get jaundice, the baby could get a dangerous “backflow” of blood, and my client’s chances of bleeding too much after birth were increased. My client still chose to delay cord clamping (except the delay wasn’t as long as she had wished), and mother and baby were healthy and happy, with no complications.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a committee bulletin entitled “Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping After Birth,” and it replaces their past 2012 opinion (which I cannot even find to link to, as I keep getting 404 error messages), which was not terribly positive or supportive. What a benefit to have current recommendations to share with our ACOG-connected providers! The Institute of Medicine says it takes an average of 17 years for professionals to change the way they practice medicine based on new evidence – so it is up to parents to advocate for best-care practices, and understanding current ACOG recommendations is a great place to start.
For some really great information check out this Lamaze "Science and Sensibility" post where Dr. Mark Sloane shares the evidence in favor of delayed cord clamping.
Another favorite I have shared in my classes for years is this piece which claims delayed cord clamping is a baby's frst stem cell transplant.
And of course, ACOG's recommendations are the base of this post an infographic -- families don't forget to print out the pdf to share with your provider.
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