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July 20th, 2006, 01:55 PM
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With ds, we banked his cord blood, so I knew it would be cut right away. This time we're not, and I've read here and there in birth stories about waiting until the cord stops pulsing. What is the importance of this? It sounds like something I will end up doing!
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July 20th, 2006, 02:19 PM
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Delayed cord cutting allows the baby to keep receiving a supply of oxygen from the placenta.
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July 20th, 2006, 02:39 PM
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Thanks Bryn
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July 20th, 2006, 03:54 PM
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In addition delayed cord cutting allows the baby to get all of their blood. Quite a bit is in the cord when the baby is born. My midwife doesn't bother cutting the cords for quite some time. It's just not a high priority for her after the birth. I cut Fritz's cord about an hour after he was born. It got to the point where dealing with the bowl and his placenta and cord was annoying so we wanted to cut.
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July 21st, 2006, 08:58 AM
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we also waited until the cord stopped pusling until we cut it.

i beleive that it allows for a more gentle birth. i have heard of babies actually flinching and screaming when the cord was cut before it was emptied.

there is also the lotus birth where people allow the cord to fall off by it self, and preserving the placenta in a bowl beside the baby until that time. neat and beautiful concept, but our cord wasnt very lond and i just wanted to twirl and twirl my baby in m y arms. i wouldnt have liked the restriction. but as i say.. beautiful concept~
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July 21st, 2006, 10:45 AM
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The babys heart is actually changing so that its circulation can change. The moment it takes that first breath these things start changing. It is easing off of the placenta supply to it's own supply. It only makes sense that the baby have a gentle transition where it still has it's oxygen coming as it changes and gets ready to be your little land baby.
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July 23rd, 2006, 04:41 PM
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http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/cordNFM.html

I also found this very interesting.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3747098.stm
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July 23rd, 2006, 07:21 PM
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Wow!
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