I just recently switched to an OB whom is supposedly very supportive of having a natural birth at a hospital. We spent a good hour talking during my first appointment with her about my birth preferences and the type of birth I want this time around.
My concern was over our discussion about delayed cord clamping until it stopped pulsating. I was under the impression that it could be a good 10 minutes before the cord stopped pulsating. She told me that no- it was around 1 minute max, and that is when she typically clamps/cuts. She also made some comments as to the position of the baby once it was out in relation to the placenta.
Basically telling me that if she were not to cut the cord, then the baby couldn't be placed on my stomach right after birth because (1) it wouldn't be able to reach as the cord is short so basically baby would be between my legs?
and (2) if the baby was above the placenta then the blood would be draining down so it would have to be below?
I am now very confused. I hope some of you home birth/ natural birth mamas or midwives can help shed some light on this topic. Are there articles I can share with my OB regarding this issue? She seems fairly open and sympathetic to my thoughts so I am hoping simply sharing some facts with her would resolve this dilemma. And also what are the known facts at this point to delayed cord clamping and baby position?