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Among moms-to-be and the medical professionals who help to deliver babies, cord clamping is a hot topic. The issue is how soon after delivery to clamp the umbilical cord that connects the baby to the placenta in his mother’s womb. In the past, most doctors had clamped the cord almost immediately.
I have heard that it does not need to be done, but that it is better for baby if u delay for at least 1 min. I am expecting my 2nd, and will be letting my doc know that I want to delay for at least 2 min before clamping.
The only good reason I can think of to clamp immediately is if you're going to bank the cordblood. We did this with my first delivery, and I'm glad we did. However, now that we're expecting again, we've decided to delay until the cord stops pulsing--especially since we're hoping for a water birth, and the cord keeps oxygen going to the baby until he reaches the air.
You can delay clamping and collect enough cord blood to bank. Our bank, PacifiCord said that they would call to let us know if the collection was too low. They also offered to speak with my doctor on how he could get more blood collected after the birth.