Delayed Cord Clamping at Cesarean Birth

I was very impressed to see this healthy placenta with long white cord that showed me the baby had received it’s full blood volume (despite being born via cesarean).

Usually cesarean born babies have their cord clamped and cut very early so I asked the mother if she had requested delayed cord clamping and she said yes. The obstetrician at John Flynn private hospital (Queensland) said that he could ‘milk’ the cord so that baby receives its’ blood from the placenta.

I am so happy to hear that this is being done! Delayed cord clamping (and milking the cord) helps the baby to receive more oxygen, more iron and enjoy stem cells for quicker healing. You can read more about the benefits of delayed cord clamping here.

delayed cord clamping is possible at cesarean births too