Umbilical cord clamping options

Cord clamping basics After birth, the baby is still attached to the placenta via the umbilical cord. The umbilical cord upon exposure to lower temperatures and air, goes through a process of shutting off the blood supply between the baby and the placenta. It does this by collapsing the blood vessels (vasoconstriction) and collapsing the special jelly (Wharton’s Jelly) that surrounds the blood vessels. If left alone, the umbilical cord clamps itself within about 5-20 minutes and nothing more is needed, even when cutting the cord.[1] If preferred, a cord clamp can be applied before the cord is cut. This can also help stop the small amount of residual blood trapped in the umbilical cord from coming out. When non-severance or Lotus Birth is followed the cord is not cut at all. The different clamping options Following are the different methods of treating the umbilical cord after birth. Plastic clamp The most common umbilical cord clamp used is the plastic peg type. The cord is clamped with forceps, then the plastic clamp applied near the baby. The cord is then severed between the clamp and the forceps. Many parents find these to be bulky, hard and unpleasant, often catching on […]
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