"Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware...To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory. She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon."

Grantly Dick-Read

Thursday, April 22, 2010

video on delayed cord clamping

this is a wonderful video exploring delaying cord clamping...i so wish i would have known this when i had my first baby! maude's cord was not cut until it stopped pulsating, which was about 5 minutes, but with my next baby, i will definitely leave the cord intact even longer if the situation is right.


  1. thanks so much for posting this!!! mylee would have been taken to the NICU (im pretty sure) if i would have had her at the hospital. she was having a hard time opening her lungs at first, so thank goodness my midwife is a true believer in this! because they didnt clamp it right away, she received all of that oxygen that she needed until she could open her lungs all of the way. (which she did with some assistance) i know that she recovered very quickly, and nicely because she had that time to still be attached to me. i wish more doctors informed women about why they choose to cut cords so quickly in the hospital. im glad to see there was plenty of MD's on here, so maybe people will take it more seriously!! lol. thanks again kami! i love this blog by the way!!!1

  2. heather, that is really cool that you were able to see this process help your baby immediately. maude benefited by having the extra oxygen, but she wasn't struggling to breathe, so it wasn't as noticeable. it is such an important thing to do so i am glad it is becoming more widely used (by midwives at least).

    funny thing is, last night, i had a dream that i was giving birth in the hospital, and i ended up with an epidural (dang it!) and i could totally feel the delivery...like it was real, i felt the feeling of the baby's head moving down my pelvis (you know how you kind of feel that pressure to go #2 really low in your back? - totally felt that in my dream...it was crazy). the doctor wasn't there and since i had an epidural i didn't realize it was time to push and the nurse delivered the baby and before i knew it, they had immediately cut the cord. i was so sad.

    so it's funny that you commented on this this morning! hehe.

  3. that's hilarious! my midwife explained to me while i was pregnant that she would leave the cord intact until it stopped pulsating, so that i wouldn't just expect it to be cut right away. we also were taught a lot about this in our class we took. i know i would not have had time with mylee right away if i had delivered in the hospital. they would have kept her in the nicu for "observation" for sure. and she was just fine after she got a little bit of help. the scope of "normal" in the hospital is so narrow. they don't really allow for most NORMAL things to occur. i dont know if you are looking for birth stories for your blog, but i would be happy to email it to you. i haven't seen any on here that were birthing center births. (maybe i'm wrong?) anyway, just let me know! i would be more than happy to share it!! :)

  4. yes...please! i'd love to post your story. it was so beautiful. ask summer if she wants to share hers too. i'd love to get some birth center stories.


  5. Wow, I have never heard of any of this. Thanks for posting this Kami!