Jan 152013

“What exactly do you mean by “delayed”cord clamping?  You know it’s rare that the cord pulses much longer after the baby is out.” – OB to mother.

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 January 15, 2013  birth, newborn, OB, placenta  Add comments

  24 Responses to ““…You Know It’s Rare That The Cord Pulses Much Longer After The Baby Is Out.””

  1. OP, *please* tell me you responded with excitement, “OOOH! Then we’ll definitely do it, and we’ll time it to see just how long it pulses! No clamping, just a stopwatch. I really want to see that!”

    And then you get what you want, and if the doctor believes this, then the doctor learns something.

  2. “…because we always clamp it immediately after birth.”

  3. What a crock of bologna

  4. Did you read that on the back of Cracker Jacks box?

  5. Well, then, I’m sure you won’t mind waiting till it does stop pulsing.

  6. If it stops so quickly, you won’t have any issues with WAITING.

  7. Is the ob so out of touch with current evidence based care that they truly haven’t heard of dcc? Run.

  8. I’m not belittling anyone’s annoyance but just to play devil’s advocate: My baby’s cord really didn’t pulse for that long after she was born. They didn’t cut it anyway to be sure but it was a shorter pulse time than any of my other kids. Maybe this nurse had seen a lot like that, or was just trying to understand the mom’s position which is a good thing.

    Or maybe she said it in a snappy tone while looking down her nose at the mother and holding a clamp in her hand.

    • I guess he might have had visions of lotus birthing in his mind, lol. But I doubt it.

      I wonder if the size of the cord has anything to do with the length of time it pulses. My older daughter’s took a while, her cord was pretty skinny. My younger daughter, I swear it was probably less than two minutes (although I wasn’t exactly timing), and her cord was HUGE. I’d bet it was an inch diameter. I’m not kidding, it shocked me when I saw it.

    • Mine stopped pulsing really quickly too–like probably a minute or so. But I also delivered the placenta just a few minutes after birth, so maybe that’s part of it.

  9. Depends what you mean by “much longer”. I’m sure an hour is very rare.

  10. This one is also mine (same poster from previous entry). I intend to bring her evidence and research studies that prove her wrong- and again, demand she not touch me or my child until *I* say it’s OK. My first, I’m not sure how long the MW waited; it wasn’t long, and I was too caught up in the rush that I wasn’t paying attention to stop her. With my son, though, my placenta *did* detach fairly quickly and the cord stopped pulsing withing 5-7 minutes. I also know my first placenta detached rather quickly. So more than likely, we’re not talking 30 minutes here (and I told her as much), but damn it, my kid will NOT be losing 30% of his blood volume before he’s even been alive a minute. I’m going to laugh in her face if she tries to make me lie on my back when I’m pushing, as well.

  11. Plenty of quotes on this site have made me laugh, made me swear, or made me angry.

    The ones that reveal an inability of certain providers to see what is going on literally two feet in front of their eyes: those scare me.

  12. Each baby/placenta/cord are different. I have seen cord stop pulsing very quickly, and others take more time. No harm in waiting. :)

  13. i have no idea how long my sons took to stop but we cut it at about 15 minutes, placenta wasnt yet delivered but we decided it was just in the way of my being comfortable holding my baby at the breast at that point. i think 15 minutes is pretty normal, most less some longer i would think, hardly a long time in the grand scheme of things. and at the end of the day the studies have shown that even one minute after birth at least half of the blood has been passed back to the baby, by 5 minutes you could safely clamp with out compromising the purpose of delayed clamping. in cases where it is important to cut sooner than later (who knows why since all reasons that come immediately to mind, except for maternal hemorrhage/death, the baby would benefit from the prolonged oxygen supply) then whats 2 minutes going to matter? “sigh” dont you just love doctors who have no logic…

  14. I can’t wait for the day to arrive when we don’t have to inform OBs that we’d like “DELAYED cord clamping,” but instead that we’d prefer no “PREMATURE cord clamping” (unless medically warranted, of course), since by then what we now call delayed cord clamping will be the norm. (We can dream, can’t we?)

  15. How funny. My OB tried to tell me that it can pulse for hours afterward and that’s why they couldn’t delay it. *sigh*

  16. I have no idea how long my daughter’s cord pulsed because I wasn’t paying attention, but it wasn’t clamped or cut until *after* her placenta was delivered…22 minutes after her birth. I was still sitting in the water, holding her on my chest, and the midwife leaned over the edge of the pool to catch the placenta in a bowl, then kept hold on it close to us while the other midwife clamped and my husband cut. *Then* they helped us move to the bed! Awesome.

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