Today's post is short...I know...we "just did" this topic last week. The reason I am bringing it to your attention again is because there was a news splash in regards to cord clamping yesterday.
The Cochrane Library released a review that came to the conclusion that (emphasis mine), "Althoughearly cord clamping has been thought to reduce the risk of bleeding after birth
(postpartum haemorrhage), this review of 15 randomised trials involving a total of 3911 women and infant pairs
CORD CLAMPINGcan be immediate or delayed. Today we look at the common practice of immediate cord clamping, and the alternative, delayed cord clamping.
Immediate Cord Clamping:
(ICC) clamping the umbilical cord immediately following the birth of baby, generally carried out in the first 60 seconds after birth. World Health Organization (WHO)
According to ACOG
“In most deliveries today, the cord is clamped within 15–20 seconds after birth.”
A little longer stump left - this baby pictured 30 minutes after birth
A tight clamp done on baby's 2nd day