Umbilical cord facts

November 7th, 2011

It is critically important for parents to educate themselves about the function of the placenta and the umbilical cord, and make decisions based on good facts, not on hospital ritual or fear. If you are giving birth in a medical setting, you will need to be prepared to advocate strongly for your baby and yourself.

Here are some resources that will get you started.

Normal cord closure vs. immediate cord clamping
Buckley, Sarah. “Leaving Well Alone: A Natural Approach to the Third Stage of Labour.”
Fogelson, Nicholas. “Delayed Cord Clamping Should Be Standard Practice in Obstetrics.”
Fogelson, Nicholas. “Delayed Cord Clamping Grand Rounds.” Video presentations.
Morley, George M. “How the Cord Clamp Injures Your Baby’s Brain.”
Morley, George Malcolm. “Neonatal Resuscitation: Life that Failed.”
Andersson, Ola, et al. “Effect of delayed versus early umbilical cord clamping on neonatal outcomes and iron status at 4 months: a randomised controlled trial.” BMJ 2011; 343 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d7157 (Published 15 November 2011).

Cord around the neck (nuchal cord)
“Cord Around the Neck: what parents and practitioners should know.”
“Nuchal cords: the perfect scapegoat.”