Since the 1950s, it has been standard protocol after delivery, for doctors to clamp the umbilical cord, immediately after birth. In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) began recommending that doctors leave the umbilical cord alone for AT LEAST one full minute, in order to improve health outcomes for both mother and baby. (The only exception to this recommendation being when newborns require positive-pressure resuscitation.) The benefits of delayed cord clamping include:
Still, some doctors will not delay cord clamping and cutting, for three reasons:
The World Health Organization and the American College of Gynecology now agree that the risks of delayed cord clamping are greatly outweighed by the benefits, however, delayed cord clamping is still not a standard protocol in all hospitals. I greatly recommend opening a dialogue with your doctor during pregnancy if you wish to add delayed cord clamping to your care plan during birth. If you have any questions about how to do so, or how to write a birth plan, I’m always happy to help.
I happily attend births at Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH), in Bolivar, as well as Mercy Hospital and Cox Hospital in Springfield.
I am also pleased to assist home or birth center births in Springfield, Republic, Nixa, Ozark, Branson, Willard, Bolivar, and Strafford, Missouri.