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What are everyone's thoughts on cord cutting? How long should we wait for baby benefit the most? I want to be sure to put this in my birth plan.
 

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I would assume until it stops pulsating.<br>
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I am personally waiting until the placenta comes out.
 

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We are home birthing and waiting until the placenta comes out. The baby will be about an hour old or so when we finally cut the cord.<br><br>
Anyone doing a lotus birth?
 

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Delivery of the placenta
 

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When the cord stops pulsing and we remember to do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My placenta came out 12 mins after my son was born, but we didn't actually cut the cord until about an hour after he was out.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When the cord stops pulsing and we remember to do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My placenta came out 12 mins after my son was born, but we didn't actually cut the cord until about an hour after he was out.</div>
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Does the cord continue to pulse and blood continue to flow after the placenta has been delivered? I am assuming no. Is that correct?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does the cord continue to pulse and blood continue to flow after the placenta has been delivered? I am assuming no. Is that correct?</div>
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Honestly, I do not remember. We were busy enjoying the time, and we weren't paying attention to his cord after the placenta birthed. By the time we cut it, though, it was completely white.
 

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I am having a hospital birth, but I am requesting that it is not cut immediately. Hopefully the dr will leave it alone until after it stops pulsating.
 

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When it stops pulsating.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am having a hospital birth, but I am requesting that it is not cut immediately. Hopefully the dr will leave it alone until after it stops pulsating.</div>
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Put it in your birthplan that DP wants to cut it, that way you have more control over when it happens!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Put it in your birthplan that DP wants to cut it, that way you have more control over when it happens!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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Oooh, that's a great idea. I am a hospital birther also.<br><br>
Thanks for all the feedback, ladies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oooh, that's a great idea. I am a hospital birther also.<br><br>
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That's a wonderful idea. I will have to ask about this at my next appointment. Thanks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Put it in your birthplan that DP wants to cut it, that way you have more control over when it happens!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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I listed that I wanted to wait until it stops pulsating, but didn't specify that DH cut it. I will add that. I need to do some admending to it anyway.
 

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Until it stops pulsing or after the placenta comes out (without intervention).
 

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So, I've been wondering.......<br>
What is the reasoning behind waiting until the cord stops pulsing or the placenta is out to cut it?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So, I've been wondering.......<br>
What is the reasoning behind waiting until the cord stops pulsing or the placenta is out to cut it?</div>
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The only PROVEN benefit that I know of is that the cord falls off sooner the longer it is left on and it heals better.<br><br>
Other than that, it stands to reason that the baby receives more blood from the placenta as it continues to pulsate. The idea is that this can reduce anemia and hypoglycemia in the baby.<br><br>
Mostly, though, the cord is very symbolic of the mother-baby unit and it is just not emotionally pleasant to have the baby yanked out of you and severed of its bond without any consideration. I don't think doctors really do that anymore, though.<br><br>
I will wait to cut the cord until the cord becomes an inconvenience, otherwise it should stay connected as long as possible because there's no reason to cut it.
 

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Baby receives up to 50% of its own blood from placenta if the cord is left intact. This provides the heart lungs and brain with plenty of oxygen while the lungs begin to fully function. Baby gets plenty of iron for the first year of life when it gets its full placental transfusion. Protection from Cerebral Palsy, anemia, behavioral disorders, etc.<br><br>
When the baby is allowed to receive its blood from the placenta it makes the placenta much less bulky and more pleasurable to birth. Also the site (or wound) left by the placenta is smaller and therefore mothers experience less bleeding in third stage.<br>
Below is the link to a helpful article.<br><br><a href="http:/a/morley1.html" target="_blank">http://www.*********/a/morley1.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also the site (or wound) left by the placenta is smaller and therefore mothers experience less bleeding in third stage.<br>
Below is the link to a helpful article.<br><br><a href="http:/a/morley1.html" target="_blank">http://www.*********/a/morley1.html</a></div>
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oh wow! This I had no idea about - though it makes complete sense!
 
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