Too Important Not to Mention!

While doing research on the Practices of the OB Community, I found so much disturbing information about early clamping/cutting of the umbilical cord that I decided to write a separate post about it. It’s amazing that this isn’t widespread information!

Early clamping/cutting of the umbilical cord: We’ve all heard the benefits of cord blood and many are encouraged to store it and keep it for later benefits. We all get asked the question “who do you want to cut the cord?” The question that was never asked me, nor was I ever informed of (as are most men and women preparing for the birth of their child) was whether I wanted to wait and avoid cutting the cord or when I would want to cut it. What a better scenario would have been would be to say it is DANGEROUS to cut the cord and ENCOURAGE the parents NOT to do it! What we do as routine in every hospital birth is immediately cut the umbilical cord as the baby comes out. The dangers that could likely occur after doing such a thing is haunting.

The debate on the practice has been going on for over 200 years and yet it continues to be done without a second thought (even in many homebirths). Most doctors, midwives, and parents alike are completely unaware of what this intervention can do to the child( 1).

Early clamping can deprive the newborn of a sufficient amount of oxygen carrying placental blood that holds vital nutrients and immune-enhancing antibodies (1). Which may explain the dramatic rise in autism say scientists. Clamping or cutting the cord quickly after delivery is dangerous during their most crucial moments before they start breathing. Clamping reduces the infant’s supply of this important oxygen and nutrient rich blood. In vulnerable infants brain hemorrhage, iron deficiencies, mental impairment (including autism) can result. (2)

David Hutchon, consultant obstetrician at Darlington Memorial Hospital stated: “In susceptible infants, early cord clamping and the lack of blood to the baby increases the risk of brain hemorrhage and breathing problems. This could help explain the rise in autism. Why are we doing it?”(2)

One site said this:

Leave your hands away from the pulsating cord, as the baby is breathing through the cord, not through his mouth and nose, if the cord is pulsating, and the cord is firm and bluish. The baby will be normally bluish, as all babies are blue, the oxygen and carbon dioxide are mixed in his fetal system. Blue color will continue until the baby’s lungs are full of the placenta blood and he/she determines when to breathe, so leave the lifeline/hopeline alone. (4) (emphasis mine)

The Hebrew term for navel is shor (shore) and is translated to mean the center of strength. (5) The benefits of the placenta don’t immediately end once the baby is delivered. Leaving the umbilical cord to pulse until it stops and allowing your baby to take in all that placental blood following their emergence from the womb results in the following:

– boost in iron reserves and prevention of anemia for several months (6).
– undisturbed bonding time with father, mother, and child (7)
– decreased incidence of umbilical hernias (7)

Scientists have discovered that umbilical cord blood is full of precious and valuable stem cells, red blood cells, and T-cells that have cancer fighting properties. Instead of allowing the insanity of extracting this precious blood and storing it in a cooler that may never be used (an estimated 1 in 20,000 chance), allow God’s original design and allow this blood to go into the child’s body at birth! (8)

Informal Citations:

1 – Potential Dangers of Childbirth Interventions “Early Clamping of the umbilical cord: Cutting the ties that bind” by Cory A. Mermer

2 – Cord Clamping Dangers to Babies by Lucy Johnston HEALTH EDITOR

3 – Umbilical Cord Clamping a Cause of Autism? by International Chiropractic Pediatric Association

4 – Emergency Birth by Donna Young

5 – Strong’s Hebrew: 8270. shor (shore)

6 – Cord Blood – Why Delaying Cord Clamping Benefits Your Baby by Kelly Zantey BellyBelly Creator, Mum & Birth Attendant

7 – Early or Late Cord Clamping? by Connie Banack,CD,CBE Mother Care Doula Services, Childbirth Education, Doula/CBE Catalogue Camrose, Alberta, Canada

8 – Cord Blood – Why Delaying Cord Clamping Benefits Your Baby by Kelly Zantey BellyBelly Creator, Mum & Birth Attendant

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