After having two babies, there are a number of things I would like to try differently if I ever have a third. One of those things is delayed cord clamping. I’m seeing an increase in delayed cord clamping and it intrigued me to research further.
For a very long time, it has been common practice to cut the umbilical cord within seconds after delivering a baby. Recently I’ve seen that more and more moms are choosing delayed cord clamping which is just prolonging cutting the umbilical cord for a couple minutes or until it stops pulsing. During this time, the placenta is still passing blood to the baby up to 20-40 mL. Up until 2007, the WHO (World Health Organization) protocol was to clamp the umbilical cord early to prevent maternal hemorrhaging. Since then they have actually changed it and encourage delayed cord clamping to increase iron stores and hemoglobin levels in babies. http://www.who.int/elena/titles/cord_clamping/en/
Of course, this is assuming that the baby has no immediate distress. I am always for up for trying natural methods if there is no risk of harm to my children or myself. Do your research and see if delayed cord clamping is something you would like to do.