FAQ on cord clamping

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What is Cord Clamping? Cord clamping is a where a baby’s umbilical cord is clamped and cut. Cord clamping might be done prior, during, immediately after or hours after birth, although usually takes place in the third stage of labour (for a vaginal delivery). When cord severance is performed before physiological closure, a plastic clamp or ligature is applied to the remaining cord to prevent blood loss from the baby. The blood collected is often stored for future emergency use in a cord b...
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Benefits of a Natural Third Stage – Physiological Birth

The third stage of labour is when the placenta is birthed (usually within 30-60 minutes of the baby being birthed). Today almost all 'civilised nations' who have women birthing in hospitals manage the third stage of labour with an artificial injection of ocytocin/ Pitocin /Syntocin in Australia). The purpose of this is to encourage the placenta to release from the uterus quickly, in order to prevent the occurrence of a Post Partum Haemorrhage. In natural birth when this stage takes place w...
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Delayed cord clamping: when to clamp the cord

In most hospitals the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord is typically performed within 30 seconds of birth, sometimes sooner. This is done because immediate cord clamping is generally believed to reduce the mother's risk of excess bleeding (post partum haemorrage) and the baby's risk of jaundice … but this practice may actually be detrimental to the baby's health. When a baby is born it must transfer from receiving oxygen from the placenta to receiving oxygen from its...
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