Delayed cord clamping is a hot topic in the birth community right now. As most women have experienced or know, cord clamping immediately after birth is standard of care for most providers. While this has held true for decades, the winds of change are starting to blow amognst providers even in hospitals. Delayed cord clamping, while not standard of care, is becoming more accepted. Delayed clamping has many benefits to the newborn such as 30% more blood volume and 60% more red blood cells, less anemia, better cardiopulmonary adaption, and more time with the mother [Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health • Vol. 46, No. 6, November/December 2001 405 ]. Delayed cord clamping costs the provider nothing but a few extra minutes of waiting ranging from 3 to 10 minutes until the cord stops pulsing.
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