These images will have you staring at your screen for longer than you expected. Simply stunning!
We love everything birth and this image shared by Adelaide Obstetrician, Dr Karen Chandler, is beyond amazing.
She shared the photo from a recent delivery captioned, “for the experienced ones amongst us this cord is way longer than usual!!! In fact – the longest I’ve ever seen. I just kept walking and the cord kept coming. It was very funny. Mum was a third time mum so super relaxed and we were all in hysterics!!”
There is a growing body of evidence showing that there are a number of very significant advantages for the newborn baby if clamping of the umbilical cord is delayed for three minutes or more following delivery.
Delayed or deferred cord clamping (DCC) allows the baby to benefit from the continued supply of oxygenated blood from the placenta until spontaneous breathing is established which can be of particular importance in the preterm neonate. It has been shown that if respiration starts before the cord is clamped then the risk of bradycardia is reduced.
Following delivery, provided the umbilical cord is not clamped, there is a process of blood transfer from the placenta to the baby, known as placental transfusion.
Research has shown that during the three minutes immediately after birth this transfusion can account for over 30% of the newborn’s blood volume. If deprived of this volume the consequences can be critical, with hypovolaemia and reduced cardiac output which can be of particular importance in babies with compromised cardiorespiratory function.
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Shared on the Optimal Cord Clamping / #WaitforWhite Facebook page these pictures had us all gasping and feeling rather clucky. Dang those hormones!
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