Important info for every pregnant woman about your baby’s umbilical cord

If the umbilical cord is cut  too soon after birth, before it stops pulsing, your baby will have a lowered blood volume. Don't cut the cord until it stops pulsing, about 90 seconds.

If the umbilical cord is cut too soon after birth, before it stops pulsing, your baby will have a lowered blood volume. Don’t cut the cord until it stops pulsing, about 90 seconds.

Have you had a discussion with your care provider about delaying the clamping of your baby’s umbilical cord? It’s only a matter of 90 seconds and sounds like no big deal. But it’s really big stuff for your baby and you need to know about it. It will take a little bit more than one minute for you to learn about the importance of delayed umbilical cord clamping.

This short little video, by pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene, will tell you why this is so important.

Dr. Greene talks about the oxygen, antibodies, iron and red and white blood cells that babies can miss out on because of this modern medical practice. I know as a postpartum doula I wonder if the high incidence of newborn jaundice that I see with my client’s babies (and which can be a serious medical event for a newborn) is in fact related to this rapid umbilical cord cutting and thus a lower blood volume.

Contact Tender Times Doula early in your last trimester to reserve your  in-home support  (and get more great information like this) after your baby is born. Call 973-291-8200 today! I offer a variety of packages to meet all budget needs.

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