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I was planning on not clamping or cutting the cord to allow Wee One to have all the good stuff in the umbilical cord...but part of me wants to donate the cord blood.<br><br>
What would you do? Give it to MY wee one, or another baby in need?<br><br>
Can I do both? Or will they clamp the cord right away and then take it?
 

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My mommy has terminal breast cancer, I'll be keeping mine in hopes for doing a transplant!!<br><br>
It's a perfect match for 2 generations. I'm not going to cut the cord for a while, so will give my baby as much as he/she can get too!
 

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I will always allow the cord to stop pulsing so that the baby gets the blood they need for sure NOW. I might look into donating at some point if there was enough after. I would never clamp early to donate.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I have always donated the cord blood. The chance of you needing that blood for your children is slim to none. While out there there is a child that very likely does need it. Not to mention when I worked in RE the docs always talked about you wouldn't usually be able to use "yours" anyways, because it would have the same things wrong with it that you are trying to get over. Sorry my words suck today. Long night.
 

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That is your baby's blood still in the placenta. I would let him have it. It should go into him.
 

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Can someone explain to me about "letting the baby have the blood/not clamping right away?" I take it this is a midwife/homebirth option? What are the benefits and if there are some, why do doctors/hospitals clamp right away? Sorry so many questions...I'm just prego with #4 and will have him/her at the hospital so I'm wondering if this is an option? thanks.<br><br>
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Karen,<br><br>
After the baby is born, a lot of his blood is still in the placenta. Within a few minutes after the birth, there is a pumping action that delivers it to the baby through the cord. The typical procedure in hospitals is to cut the cord as soon as possible for the convenience of having the mother and baby detached from each other. However, recent info has shown the benefit of letting the baby have his own blood from the placenta. Keeping his blood away from him has been found to contribute to several issues such as jaundice and insufficient iron stores (he will make replacement blood over a short time, but it takes a long time to fill all that new blood to the proper level of iron -- even over a year). So, now it is advised (doctors haven't caught up yet, though) to wait a few minutes until the cord stops pulsating before cutting.<br><br>
Now there is the option to harvest some of the cord blood, which can be saved or donated, because it can be used to treat certain problems later in life. Unfortunately, it is usually not possible to do this unless the cord is cut very soon after birth. Otherwise, the blood goes into the baby and there may not be any left to collect.<br><br>
You have the right to demand the hospital to delay the cord clamping/cutting until after the cord has stopped pulsing. This is one of your options, even if the docs act like it isn't.
 

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So there are midwifes that collect cord blood without cutting or clamping the cord,<br><br>
Simply insert a syringe into cord and draw blood while the baby is still recieving the blood. The baby doesn't get as much, but he/she is still recieving. After drawing the blood you need to save cover the syringe hole with a guaze pad and hold it there until cord quits pulsing.<br><br>
Your midwife will probably need more assitance at the birth for everyone to have a role.<br><br>
For me having the chance of my babies life blood, to save my mom's life, is just plain wonderful!!
 

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I would vote to give the blood to the baby. They are too young to be donating blood! It is important for the baby to get all the blood meant for him/her.
 

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I would consider donating if there was enough left after the cord stopped pulsing. I would not cut early and I would not extract in other methods before it stopped pulsing.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I was wondering about this as well. I have asked more then three Drs about the pulsing cord and all have told me that they have never seen that before and that the baby has the right amount him already, PLUS the cord blood. Hum.... not like I trust Drs or anything.<br><br>
But today while reading Spiritual midwifry (I think it is called, book is in a car far from me at the moment) I read that you need to wait for it to stop pulsing but do not push the left over blood on the cord into the baby as this can CAUSE jaundice. Huh? So now I am confused.<br><br>
I will be looking this baby to see what the cord does and I trust my homebirth midwives to not cut it too soon. IF though, seeing so many babies do well after hospital births with none of that cord blood and I had a good reason to use it some place else, I would.<br><br>
I would! Why? Maybe because of all the mixed info I have, that could all be wrong. But also because of watching animal births. Like a cat, she eats the cord and placenta and all right after the kitten is born, sometimes before even cleaning the kitten. You try to take it away from her and she will jump out of her box to go eat it! Clear she thinks she needs it more then baby...<br><br>
Are we ever too young to help someone else when it will do us no real harm?<br><br>
Having given birth to 4 babies, all clamped early (I believe) in hospital who are thriving, maybe this effects my opinion as well.<br><br><br>
Blessings,<br>
Kimmy<br><br>
P.S. kbuglove -- Happy you and your baby can do this for your mother. Wishing the best for all of you!
 

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Thanks mama's!<br><br>
I'd love to help people out with the cord blood, but at the same time I want Wee One to have all the good stuff. We were lucky and didn't have any jaundice or iron issues with James but who knows with Wee One? I want to make sure s/he gets all the blood that belongs to him/her.<br><br>
*sigh* it would be a huge PITB in my itty bitty middle of no place hospital so I'll talk to my midwife (having a hospital birth with a CNM) about not clamping and I'll give Wee One all their blood.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would! Why? Maybe because of all the mixed info I have, that could all be wrong. But also because of watching animal births. Like a cat, she eats the cord and placenta and all right after the kitten is born, sometimes before even cleaning the kitten. You try to take it away from her and she will jump out of her box to go eat it! Clear she thinks she needs it more then baby...</div>
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Many animals consume the placenta/umbilical cord because it sends a signal to their body that labor is over - the placenta is signaled to begin detaching and the uterus contracts to slow or stop any current hemorrhaging. Eating cord blood does nothing for a mammal, except maybe helps iron levels - it is the afterbirth that they are really after. This is the same reason some women will consume part of their placenta after birth.
 

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Going back to my cat, this just can't be true or else she would stop after the first kitten right?<br><br>
My point is, she goes all that eating, for what ever natural reason, kitten does not get that blood and does just fine. Millions of hospital babies with too soon cut cords seem to do fine too. Not sure it is such a big deal for baby but sound like a big deal to those it could heal.....
 

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Millions of formula fed babies do fine too, doesn't mean it's what's best for them.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I have to side with my doctor on this one.. if the cord blood is THAT important then I want my baby to have it. It's far more beneficial for him/her.
 

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Thanks again mama's!<br><br>
I wanted to donate because my family is touched my illnesses. My DH is Type 1 diabetic, my cousin has Cystic Fibrosis, several of my family members have/died of various forms of cancer...but I guess in the end, if the blood is that important, I'd rather Wee One get it.<br><br>
We were lucky not to have any jaundice or anemia with James. Don't know if we'll get that lucky again with Wee One.
 
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