Written by: Jennifer Swarthout
Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping
One of the most momentous occurrences in a woman’s journey into motherhood is cutting the cord. In western culture, the physical connection between mother and child is severed just moments after birth. Waiting a couple of extra minutes before clamping and cutting the cord allows supplemental oxygen and iron-rich blood to reach the newborn from the placenta, just as nature had originally planned.