Jodi, I chose a very "natural, pro Bradley OB." My birth plan was short and sweet and I wanted to "delay cord clamping." He didn't push interventions (there was no need) and let me labor without any pressure.
However, during my 18 hour first time hospital labor, I was denied food/drink
by my well-meaning, but ignorant DH
and I was too tired to squat/get into an ideal position to push.
I spent 2 hours in the position I did not want to be in, on a low Pitocin drip, flat on my back, knees pulled back, pushing REALLY hard.
: The OB applied oil to help my skin (I said NO episiotomy) and he knew I was going to tear. He said so. I suffered a 2nd degree vaginal tear, 3rd degree to sphincter (I'm OK.)
Anyhoo, I think there was a lot of blood (from the tear) and my OB immediately clamped the cord.
Perhaps he just wanted to get me sewn up as quickly as possible, and not have to worry about the cord pulsing.
I really don't know.So ask your OB, under what circumstances would you clamp the cord quickly? Can they be avoided?
In my case, I think I would have benefitted from having a Doula
present to help HOLD UP in a SQUAT position - any good position. I didn't even have the energy to vocalize this (even though I was thinking it)!!!! And as tired and hungry as I was, I didn't want a C-section. I was determined to do it vaginally.Another crazy issue to consider is to ask your OB/hospital what they do with the clamped early cord cell blood (and placentas) of their patients. Many hospitals DO collect it and sell it to research insitutions (for profit)... so they are NOT incented to delay clamping.
An eye-opening thread:I gave blood today and was asked about vaxxes