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Last edited by BH-tech; 24-08-2015 at 10:28. Reason: Link Update
If you're birthing in a hospital, be prepared for resistance.
I asked for this to occur when I had my first child, had it written down and everything and was met with a barrage of questions from the midwife DURING labour.
I was dumbstruck and repeated my request. The midwife insisted I tell her why I wanted it done and here was I panting away. Finally, the doctor stepped in and told her that it was none of her business and to step aside. It was a very tense and weird situation.
That's disgusting InBetween, I'm very angry for you, your requests should be honoured without badgering. (Thank goodness for that doctor!) All 3 of my boys had delayed clamping (2 homebirths) and I think it really really gets them off to the best start, I'd rather that blood in my baby than wasted in the placenta.
Last edited by MilkingMaid; 23-10-2011 at 17:32.
I must say I was really surprised, AM because the birthing team were absolutely fantastic (was a high risk birth hence the hospital) and it had been communicated to me prior to labour that my needs were understood and would be met.
I, too, feel that delayed clamping is advantageous and didn't see it as a big issue as in I wasn't risking my baby's life and that the doctor had thought it a reasonable request. So you can imagine my semi-conscious horror when I started being prodded with all these ridiculous questions and DH in the background shaking with rage because he wanted to reach over and knock her out. LOL
So yes, thank goodness for the doctor. She honoured my request and it did make a difference. Next time, I won't be caught off guard like that though.
The hospital where i birthed my DD prematurely clamped the cord, for no reason (other than they were a holes) and despite my written and verbal statements that i did not want it clamped prior to it finishing pulsing.
don't worry - i'm staying home this time.
I had delayed clamping for my DS. I mentioned it to my OB at one of my appointments and he said yes, if I wanted it he would do it although he didn't really agree it was so advantageous in our first world country. He was on holidays when I birthed DS and the replacement OB said she always waits until the cord stops pulsing before clamping (unless medically there is a reason not to).
I had this in my birth plan for my 3rd bub (hospital birth). My midwife was thrilled that I had thought of it and she and the other midwife at my birth both respected my wishes without any objections at all.
Sorry but this is a bit off-topic... but if you do delayed clamping, is the placenta still good to be encapsulated? will it still hold the benefits, or is it the blood retained in the placenta after clamping that makes it beneficial for the mother?
waiting that half hour/hour to cut the cord won't make a difference with encapsulating - its only if you want to lotus birth (not cut the cord at all) that encapsulating becomes a bit icky
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