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Yes, imo. If the cord is still pulsing there is still blood flowing from the placenta to the baby. To me, the main benefit of delayed clamping is so that the baby will get it's complete amount of blood volume. Baby needs that blood. So the delivery of the placenta or not is irrelevant.
My plan is to delay cord clamping until after the cord stops pulsing AND the placenta is delivered. Not one or the other.
Wendy, Mom to
Kyron, Porter, Donovan, & Jocelyn
I guess I question whether its still beneficial to delay camping past the point where the placenta has detached. Because at that point *IF* the cord is still pumping its because the baby's heart is creating the flow. And it would seem the blood is losing oxygen and other good stuff at a faster rate since its cirrculating more than it's own body.
It's just anecdotal stories. I had asked the question to another group of NCB ladies about my last birth. I was wanting to do delayed cord clamping and of course my MW supported that. After Kate was born she latched on within minutes. And although I don't know the exact timing of it all, it wasn't too long at all before my MW said my placenta was detaching and was getting ready to come. She asked if she could cut and clamp and I said yes because I was thinking that if it wasn't done pulsing quite yet it would be.
But then I heard of a mom who didn't clamp until the placenta was fully birthed and she said it was still pulsing. A MW int he group asked if it was pulsing close to the baby or the placenta. The mom didn't know.
Even if it was fully pulsing, do you think it was beneficial to wait that long? I don't think it is/was particularly harmful, but in terms of baby getting the full benefit I wonder if at a certain point the blood supply is losing nutrients, more than the baby is gaining?
As far as when the placenta stops pulsating...I'm not entirely sure, but I think it can pulse after delivery. I'm actually starting my reproductive anatomy and physiology class next week, and can look it up in those books when they arrive.
Last edited by *~Ginny~*; September 19th, 2011 at 06:33 PM.
Interesting. My doctor waits until the cord stops pulsing to clamp as his standard procedure. I know my placenta didn't take very long to come out (maybe 5 min) but I'm thinking it had already stopped pulsing and the doctor got the blood to donate before it was birthed. I was a little "pre-occupied" so I wasn't paying attention to everything at that point.
Zoey was the only one that had waited for the cord to stop pulsing to cut, and it wasnt my asking, it was practice of the hospital I was at. With my 3 boys it wasnt waited upon because their cords were wrapped around their shoulders and neck and to be born it had be cut.