TED Talk on Cord Clamping

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3 Responses to TED Talk on Cord Clamping

  1. Laura says:

    I’m confused about “optimal cord clamping” time. How much time after birth is he talking about? To me, it sounds like he’s talking no more than 3 or 4 minutes. I think he said something about waiting 90 seconds longer than most doctors wait to clamp the cord? With my first son we requested delayed cord clamping and my ob/gyn basically refused saying she waits about 90 seconds after birth and clamps the cord, period. She said that “studies” show that delayed clamping causes jaundice (my son had such a severe case of jaundice at 3 days old that he had to have his heal poked several times within hours for blood samples because they couldn’t believe the number they were getting back on his tests – it’s too bad my ob wasn’t there to deal with that). Looking back on my first birth experience I wish that I had had the guts to walk away when she denied our wishes about cord clamping…I should have known that things wouldn’t work out with her. Unfortunately I stayed with her and I have to live with that birth experience. I will never again see an ob for any pregnancy. We’re planning a homebirth with our second baby and my midwife is more than supportive of leaving the cord attached until it begins to shrivel, the way God intended. Sorry for the rant…this is a very hot topic for me.

  2. Dr. Nancy says:

    In my opinion the best is to wait until the placenta is born. 10 minutes after my 3rd sons birth the cord looked white and as if no more blood was flowing through it but I felt it and it was still pulsing. If you wait until the placenta is born than you ensure that everything has transferred. I don’t think you should concede to someone else’s ideas of what your birth should be like. You are the only decision maker in birth and the primary decision maker with your partner for your child’s life. I don’t believe we should allow ourselves to be bullied into doing what someone else believes is acceptable. Hold firm in your wishes for you and your baby.

  3. Emily says:

    I know this TED talk was 4 years ago, but it just crossed my path on facebook and I’m so glad it did! We switched care providers 28 weeks into pregnancy and I’m so glad we did (I’m currently 32 weeks along). My OB was amenable to several of my birth preferences, but there were a few protocols I would have had to adhere to (Hep-lock IV, birthing on my back, etc) so after much consideration and talking with my husband, we decided the hospital was just not the ideal environment for us. I do not demonize western medicine, it saves lives, but it also wants a laboring/birthing mother to fit into a window of “averages” and I didn’t want to feel like I was on an assembly line for my birth. My labor and delivery are not problems or illnesses that need to be “fixed” by a hospital staff. We are planning a homebirth with midwives, and will leave the cord open and attached to the placenta for as long as we see fit.

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