Deciding to delay cord clamping

Pediatrician Alan Greene, MD, explains the optimal time to clamp the cord after childbirth and the benefits that delayed cord clamping has
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Deciding to delay cord clamping

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From a practical perspective, going for optimal cord clamping, waiting at least 90 seconds, or until the cord stops pulsing or the pulses slow down is really simple. It doesn't cost anything. It just takes savoring that moment when the baby's firstborn a tiny bit longer. You can still do it if you want to bag cord blood. There's still enough left in there. You can still do it if the baby's born early. In fact it may be more important for premies. You can still do it in a C-section. But it's practically very, very simple. And something you should know - it's not just all of human history where it's been done this way, but it's all primates wait until the cord has stopped pulsing before they'll sever it. In fact, all mammals have umbilical cord. And not a single mammal will actively sever the cord before it stops pulsing.

Pediatrician Alan Greene, MD, explains the optimal time to clamp the cord after childbirth and the benefits that delayed cord clamping has

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Alan Greene, MD

Founder, DrGreene.com

Dr. Alan Greene founded his website, DrGreene.com, 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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