Edited to answer the other questions: It took about 10(?) minutes for the cord to stop pulsing, and I did nurse Hayden while his cord was still attached (it really helped me endure the contractions required to expel the placenta)
Dd1 was born in the hospital with a nurse-midwife six years ago. They had no problem with our request to wait to clamp. I didn't see anyone messing with the cord after but I suppose it could have happened - I was pretty busy looking at my baby!
Dd2 was born at a freestanding birth center with a certified midwife two years ago. Again, no problem - I think they usually wait to clamp there. We nursed right away so yes, the cord was not clamped then.
If your sister is having a doctor/hospital birth, there may be more "fighting" to have it done her way. If she is having a midwife in or out of hospital, she should probably have no problems. Smart of her to think about this now.
Don't know much about hospital policy.
Thought you might be interested in the Lotus Birth info - where you don't cut the cord but allow it to fall off by itself. Takes between 2-7 days. Also, some folks don't tie the cord, but cut the placenta off, and the stubb falls off in the same time frame.
There's some details about the value of the placenta, etc. Reading some birth regression accounts, some babies consider the placenta their friend or sibling. So, even if you don't go all out for lotus birth, the information is interesting.
btw, that bit about harvesting the stem cells from babies shortly after birth makes me - I've been watching A Baby Story - but I've gotta stop, and they sometimes cut the cord before the baby is even out of the mom! Even if they aren't removing it from around the neck...And they certainly don't wait until it's stopped plusing or the placenta is delivered. Breastfeeding while the placenta is still attached to the baby and mom helps expel the placenta and cause the uterus to close back down, so those contrax stop... I've heard a few people say their cord wasn't long enough for the baby to reach the breast while the placenta was still inside. I think that's rare.
I find that the cord stops pusating usually in a couple of minutes. You can actually SEE the difference...when the babe comes, the cord looks all big and the vessels are prominant...and then after a couple of minutes, the cord looks much smaller, the vessels are not nearly as visible...I think the blood flow is minimal at best then, and that is an appropriate time to cut the cord.
It helps to remind your caregiver RIGHT before the birth to not clamp or cut the cord. I had it in my birth plan, but the doc just automatically clamped it. As she did it I said "NO! Don't clamp it!" but it was too late, she had already snapped it into place. She looked like she felt kind of bad, and said that she was sorry, she just did it out of habit. SOOO, if your babycatcher routinely clamps the cord after birth, remind them to wait.
There is also, usually, enough left to have harvested and Banked for YOU. That way if your child should get seriously ill, heaven forbid, you have thier own stem cells on call.
|Originally posted by lorijds
FWIW, we seem to have alot of cords that are not long enough for mom to nurse babe. Maybe 1 in 10? I dunno why, it doesn't make biological sense, but there you have it.
Just a theory.
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On a side note, I had a homebirth with both my babes. #2 was born a bit blue and limp. Had some doctor cut the cord right away, he probably would have needed some serious and potentially damaging rescusitation. But since he was still receiving some oxygen through the cord, we used gentle stimulation - ie, mouth puffs and rubbing - to get him to come around on his own. Worked like a charm THEN we cut the cord, when he established breathing on his own.
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