I caught just the end of a TV birth -- "One Born Every Minute" There was a shoulder dystocia and dr. said if baby is ok, they'd let the cord pulse for one minute, but if baby was distressed it would be cut immediately. I'm no professional, but I don't get that logic. Isn't the cord a lifeline to a baby in trouble? Do they not have whatever equipment they need to revive a baby in the birthing room? That actually seems kind of irresponsible, if it were to be the case. I remember reading in Ina May Gaskin's books that the all-fours position almost always resolved a dystocia. So I did a bit of research and was disappointed to see that it's the last listed in standard protocol, even though the source I read said it was over 80% effective while the first on the list was 25%. Cord was cut quickly, baby cried after vigorous rubbing.
I'm definately disappointed in standard maternity care. Another episode followed which I watched till the end. It was full of inductions and augmentations in seemingly normal pregnancies followed by epidurals. Everyone was lying on their back. Women were hungry and not allowed to eat. This show is filmed at a nearby hospital, so these women could be my neighbors. I'm really thankful for the great midwife practice I go to.
So it's turned into a bit of a vent, but my question is what is the reason for the cord having to be cut immediately. Is there really a medical reason that it's better? And if not, why is it done?