A few weeks ago, at the request of a friend, I put together a short list of internet articles on the subject of delayed umbilical cord clamping - one of my huge, overwhelming passions that I am enthusiastically committed to championing (as my Facebook acquaintances know only too well). Women out there, if you do not know the risks of immediate cord clamping (still the usual in-hospital practice), then please - do your research and find a practitioner who will support physiologic cord clamping for your baby (this is when the cord is not clamped until the placenta has delivered the full volume of the baby's blood back to the baby, rather than clamping the cord immediately and depriving the baby of a vast amount of blood that it would otherwise receive.)
To start, here is probably one of the best visual aids on the subject, posted two days ago by my midwife. Check it out, and you will see the "why" of delayed cord clamping - an awesome picture record of the process of natural cord clamping!
Magic Umbilical Cords
A couple more articles I have recently found:
Another Reason to Delay Cord Clamping
Could Early Cord Clamping Harm Neonatal Stabilization?
Giving You Newborn the Best Start: Delayed Cord Clamping
OMG, You Did Not Just Cut Off a Third of My Baby's Blood Supply!
Also, from my midwife - check out #4 on cord clamping (the other points are great too!):
And now the letter that I sent to my friend, with accompanying links:
Three Facebook groups for delayed cord clamping (the first two are the most active):
Delayed Cord Clamping
(Accompanying website: Cord-clamping.com)
Save the Shoelaces
Best article on the subject of delayed cord clamping:
Delayed Cord Clamping Should Be Standard Practice in Obstetrics/
And here is the same OB/GYN giving a talk on the same:
Delayed Cord Clamping Grand Rounds
Another top article by an L&D Nurse (this is a great blog):
The Deal With Delayed Cord Cutting or Hey Doctor Leave That Cord Alone
A news summary of a recent article in the British Medical Journal:
Don't Clamp Umbilical Cords Straight After Birth, Urges Expert
And a couple more:
Wait to Cut Umbilical Cord, Study Says
Do We Cut the Umbilical Cord Too Soon?
"Delayed" Cord Clamping and Stem Cells - When to Cut the Cord?
Also, if you google "benefits delayed cord clamping," you will come up with a TON of articles!!
Best wishes to J. and her little one!!!
Ladies out there - got any more that I should have listed?