I think your OB just wants to convince you of that so he won't have to wait around until the cord stops pulsating to clamp it. It is proven that delayed cord clamping is beneficial to the newborn.
Originally Posted by completebeginnings
Yep...bogus! just google it. I recently had this discussion a friend of mine whose husband was doing his OB rotation as part of his physician assistant rotations. He brought up what I said. The OB didn't believe him so they went and googled it and the doctor was shocked by the research showing positive results for delayed cord clamping. It is standard procedure to allow cord to pulse for 3 min. in a premie but they haven't made it standard for a term baby. Seems interesting....1/3 of your babies blood is not in it's body when it is born. The cord self regulates how much blood the baby needs then coagulates and stops pulsing. Be careful that you OB dosen't "milk the cord", push blood from the cord into the baby with his fingers, as this can cause the baby to have too much blood and a greater chance of jaundice. I have seen impatient doctors do this trying to show the parents that the cord has stopped pulsating. I have also seen them lie and tell the parents it has but hasn't. That happened at a birth recently and dad acutally reached down and felt the cord and felt it pulsing and told the doctor to wait longer. It was great seeing them so empowered. Also once they cut the cord they will want to move the baby away from you. Just something to thing about. They can resuscitate and do suction on moms tummy but they don't like too. Also a baby who is still attached to the cord can come around slower since it is still getting blood and oxygen from mom.
Originally Posted by MamatoPeach
Exactly I feel like I have been preaching to my husband all the things he needs to look at for. "Dont let them cut it until it stops pulsing!!" "Dont let them give the bath" "Dont let them give any shots!!!" I am more worried about what they are going to do to my baby then actually pushing a baby out!
Originally Posted by evenstarlight
I wanted to wait last time but they cut the chord because the baby had pooed inside me during the pushing phase so they said they "had to" any thoughts? (these were midwives in the UK)
Also the head midwife claimed that they had seen an increase in the number of jaundice babies since they'd started waiting to cut the chord. Any ideas why this would happen???
|You may be told that delayed clamping causes jaundice in babies by your carer or hospital. This is not true.|
Babies are no more likely to become jaundiced by delaying cord clamping and there is no relation to jaundice and the time of the cord being clamped. In the studies, the bilirubin levels were within normal range no matter when the cord was clamped. (Excess bilirubin levels are what is associated with jaundice).