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May 21st, 2012, 06:22 PM
fairymommy's Avatar Super Mommy
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Hi ladies!
I've just started peeking around this board, and thought I'd throw this out there, I'd love thoughts, opinions, personal stories, etc on delayed chord clamping. I am expecting my 1st mid-July, and started researching dcc pretty early on and believe it is a gift I want to give my daughter. I've heard of delaying any where from 5 mins, to 1 hr. What are your experiences?
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May 21st, 2012, 07:43 PM
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I requested they delay it until the cord stopped pulsing (which is usually less than 5 minutes). It ended up being longer than that because they had to wheel me upstairs to a room so they just wrapped her and me up with blankets, left us as-is (placenta not delivered, cord still attached) while they did so.

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May 21st, 2012, 11:28 PM
MissusF's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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My midwife practices delayed cord clamping. I can't remember exactly how long they left mine but it was quite a while before I remember DH cutting it. I would definitely request it if it wasn't something my care provider typically did.

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May 22nd, 2012, 10:52 PM
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I've always requested that they delay clamping until the cord stops pulsating. The longest it took was 10 minutes (Vi's birth).

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May 30th, 2012, 11:35 AM
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I didn't know about it so didn't request it with my son's birth. I really want this this time, but I fear we'll have to argue for it.

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May 30th, 2012, 12:00 PM
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We clamp it when we get around to it. Usually within an hour. One was much sooner b/c he had a super short cord and neither one of us could move. I was stuck on my hands and knees until my husband cut the cord!
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