Midwife Matters

Pregnancy preparations, women's health, and care options

Delayed Cord Clamping is a Good Idea!

on July 30, 2013

Research has shown that by delaying cord clamping for 1-5 minutes after birth, your baby will have multiple benefits. The blood in the placenta will transfer to the baby during  that delay of clamping the cord. This delay of cord clamping has benefits  beyond the first few days. Studies have shown the following:

1.  Iron stores in the blood that are given to the baby  dramatically reduce newborn and infant anemia.  This improves your baby’s nervous system development for as long as 24 months of age.

2.   The baby’s oxygen levels are improved.

3.   The best news it that it gives your baby a store of Stem Cells.   Stem cells provide long term benefits to prevent age related disease.

Babies benefit from these three simple actions:

  1. Placing your baby on the mothers abdomen after birth
  2. Keep the cord intact for the first few minutes of life
  3. Breastfeed your baby within the first hour of life

Colleen


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