The 60 Seconds During Birth That Could SERIOUSLY Harm Your Baby

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Women give birth every day, so OB-GYNs have come up with a pretty standard routine. But not all everything in that routine is what's best for mother and baby.

Luckily, things are changing with more research, but some studies have found that the normal practice of clamping and cutting the umbilical cord as fast as 60 seconds after birth is harmful. Isn't that parenting advice you wish you knew before giving birth?

Babble's Chaunie Bruise, a midwife, argues against clamping and cutting the umbilical cord so soon after birth, and with good reason.

Babies get oxygen from the umbilical cord, so by cutting it soon after the baby is born, the baby's lungs struggle to match the pace of blood that's rushing into them to get the first breath of air.

Waiting to cut the cord also leads to higher birth weights, reduces risk of hemorrhaging, higher hemoglobin levels, an increase in iron, and lowers risk of anemia later in life.

Although it's not regularly used for babies, waiting to clamp is often part of the routine for premature babies who need the blood cells.

If it has all of these benefits, why do doctors cut the cord right after birth?

Simple: it's easier for them to move the baby if it's clean and no longer attached. It also makes the process quicker, which is a huge motivation for doctors, sadly.

So, how long after birth should the cord be cut? World Health Organization recommends waiting one to three minutes before clamping the cord to prevent iron deficiency and anemia.

Once again, America is way behind. In the United Kingdom, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence changed their guidelines to delay clamping for at least five minutes, according to Daily Mail

If you want to wait to clamp, make sure your doctor knows about your plan.


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