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What every pregnant woman needs to know about cord clamping

There's something important you need to know about the moment a baby's umbilical cord is clamped and cut. And that is, at the moment a baby is born, a third of their blood is still outside of their body. The blood that's been coursing through them through all the pregnancy is still outside in the placenta and umbilical cord. And for all of human history, what happened was, the body will get born and then the cord would start to pulse. And it would pump and it would push blood into the baby. They would get 30% more blood in that next 90 seconds or so, they get 60% more red blood cells. They get iron that they needed, they get white blood cells to fight infection, they get antibodies, they get oxygen, they get stem cells going through to them. It's powerful, powerful stuff. But what happened in the 20th century is the medical establishment got the idea that we want to immediately cut and clamp the cord, locking out all that good stuff but whisking the baby away to do medical care. It's time for that to change. So, it's not just all of human history this has happened, it's every primate, waits until the cord stops pulsing. Every mammal on the planet - there's not a single one that will sever the umbilical cord before it stops pulsing. So, talk to your provider. Whether it's a physician, a midwife or doula, whoever is there to help you with the baby, put it in your birth plan and help spread the word. The campaign is called TICC TOCC, Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping. Spread the word. We can end that this year. There'll be a quarter of a million babies born today. And for most of them, that valuable umbilical cord blood will end up in the trash. Let's never let that happen again. And by the way, there's still plenty of stem cells left in the placenta and umbilical cord if you want to do banking.

Alan Greene, MD shares the importance of knowing when to cut and clamp the umbilical cord during birth and the beneficial effects of doing it at the proper time.


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Dr. Alan Greene founded his website,, in 1995, cited by the AMA as "the pioneer physician web site." In 2010 he founded the WhiteOut Now movement to change how babies are fed from their very first bite of solid food, and in 2012 he founded TICC TOCC – Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping. He is an author of several books including Feeding Baby Green and appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz Show, and is a regular columnist for Parenting magazine. He is a practicing pediatrician and the father of four.

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