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It is important to realize when the cord is being cut as this has been the live supply for your baby for 9 months and cutting it off is shutting that process down. It will be a shock to the baby's system when that source is removed. These 3 doulas discuss when it should be cut and the signs to know when it is ready to be removed.

Published in Birthing Facts
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 04:58

The Umbilical Cord Clamping Debate

If you give birth in a hospital, chances are that the baby's umbilical cord will be clamped very soon after birth. Now, many scientists are beginning to question this practice and studies are showing that delayed clamping is beneficial to the child. The  WHO among  others are urging doctors and midwives to delay the clamping for a number of reasons including: boosting baby's iron reserves and sending oxygen-rich iron to the lungs. On the other hand, there may be an increased risk of jaundice with delayed clamping. 

Dr. Stuart Fischbein gives more details about delayed cord clamping and the benefits to the baby. He questions the procedure of early cord clamping and asks why the medical community finds it necessary.

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