"I met an OB the other day for the 1st time & she told me something like this: lifting the baby up to your chest screws up the equilibrium between the placenta and the baby anyway so if you want to hold the baby right away, you have to clamp right away... ????"
What does that mean, "screw up the equilibrium"? Why would the maintaining of equilibrium be important?
I agree with Pam, once a baby is born, human women instinctively pick up the baby. How odd to assert that our instincts in this case are wrong, even dangerous. I've never thought about it before now, but it seems to me just as easy to conjecture that raising the baby above the placenta facilitates
the placenta's separation. But I'd still be interested to hear the doctor's reasoning. Any chance you'll see her again?