What's the deal with cord clamping?

I know a lot of people prefer to wait until the cord stops pulsing to clamp it. I read on Mothering.com's forums that the baby needs all the blood in the cord and the cord should not be clamped right away. Does it make a significant difference?

Also, we were thinking of donating cord blood to our local cord blood bank, and I have heard that they need to clamp the cord immediately for that. I like the idea of that because I know it helps save lives, but I also don't want to do anything that would put our baby at risk.

Thoughts on cord clamping?

As always, Henci Goer is the smartest woman alive when it comes to natural birth.

I just want to add, that early cord clamping has also been linked to difficulty with placenta separating from the uterus. Many midwives will just leave the maternal side unclamped even after the baby is cut/separated, so as to allow the placenta to drain and detach properly. Hospitals clog up the works by clamping both sides, but they don't care because they can "fix" it with pitocin or, heck, even a D&C to get the placenta out if it's sticky.
My birth plan asked for the cord to stop pulsating before being clamped, and they said I could still donate cord blood. I don't know if they actually ended up waiting, since I was completely oblivious to what was going on by that point.
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not sure if you're still thinking of doing a homebirth on the D.L. but I don't know if cord banking is possible in that situation.

just something to consider...
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not sure if you're still thinking of doing a homebirth on the D.L. but I don't know if cord banking is possible in that situation.

just something to consider...
Originally Posted by webjockey
Thanks Webbie. I did think of that. If possible, I would like to donate the cord blood but if it's not possible, that's that.

And Marielle, thanks for the Henci Goer link, she is awesome!

So, even once the cord stops pulsing, there is still extra blood in it that can be donated? That's what I get from Bailey's post that they told her they could still do cord blood donation. The posts on mothering said there was no extra blood, that the baby needs it all.

The posts on mothering said there was no extra blood, that the baby needs it all.
Originally Posted by iris427
That's what I had read online too, but both the childbirth class nurse and my L&D nurse said I could donate. I can't confirm that it's actually possible though. I know we donated, but I have no clue when the cord was clamped. We ended up getting the vitamin K injection, so I wasn't quite as concerned about him getting all the cord blood anyway. I read that if you plan to decline the vitamin K, it's very important that you let the baby get all the cord blood.
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we ended up getting the vitamin k for both boys but also delayed cord clamping due to the iron issue. I knew I didn't want to do any solids too early or iron drops which aren't absorbed well so I remembered reading that the delayed cord clamping allowed baby to have much longer iron stores in that first year of no solids.

Both boys were tested around 9 months and then 1 year for iron levels and both did well despite still being on breastmilk alone at 9 months and no iron drops at all.

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