Around a third of babies blood can be in the cord and placenta so if it is clamped and cut immediately baby can loose out on a lot of their own blood so end up low in oxygen iron etc.
Also if baby needs some resuscitation it is far better to have the cord attached and intact as they will still be receiving oxygen from you. There's no reason baby cannot be resused next to you.
You can delay clamping for a few mins or leave it until you deliver the placenta which can be a few mins to an hour, more often then not its only a few minutes.
I missed out on this which I was pissed off about, but I was bleeding and they wanted to give me the injection (not happy about as it increases risk of retained placenta) to reduce it and then without warning pulled on the cord to whip my placenta out (weirdest feeling ever).
i also had the injection with my first...mw was just rushing me because she wanted to go home. the injection made me feel awful, they dont warn u it can make u sick and feel very dizzy afterwards. i also had the placenta just pulled out which felt really weird.
u can also bf baby to help bring on contractions to birth the placenta quicker
Im rhesus negative and I know that they test the cord blood for the blood type ( I think at least). Seems there must be some other way to do it tho. Sorry to jump in on the thread, any idea how tho?
im rhes neg too and they do get the blood from the cord but they dont need as much thats left behind if they clamp too soon. ive just been told they may have to clam the cord just before it stops pulsating to then get the blood
i delayed clamping till the cord stopped pulsating with ds2 after just going with what the mw's wanted with ds1 and feeling like a peice of meat , it was lovely and plan to delay cutting the cord till it stops pulsating with this baby too then OH will clamp and cut it
my baby's cord was allowed to stop pulsating (midwifes idea at the time!! was v impressed) so was left in the pool holding him for around 15mins, they then cut and clapmed to get me and him out. After this I had the injection to get the placenta out.
Just though you might like to know they can give the injection after waiting, whereas some midwifes reckon it needs to be given right after the baby is born- not true!
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