How can you trust a system that doesn’t even understand the most basic elements of birthing?

Researchers found that “A couple of extra minutes attached to the umbilical cord at birth may translate into a small boost in neurodevelopment several years later. Children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had higher social skills and fine motor skills than those whose cords were cut within 10 seconds.

Iron in the body is critical for healthy brain development. The natural transfusion of blood via delayed cord clamping delivers a substantial amount of iron…one study found that waiting two minutes increased iron stores by 27-47 mg! According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, waiting three minutes may prevent iron deficiency during the first year of life.

According to Mark Sloan, M.D., whether a baby “is premature or full term, approximately one-third of its total blood volume resides in the placenta. This is equal to the volume of blood that will be needed to fully perfuse the fetal lungs, liver, and kidneys at birth. In addition to the benefits that come with adequate iron stores babies whose cords are clamped at 2 to 3 minutes and thus, who have an increased total blood volume compared with their immediately-clamped peers have a smoother cardiopulmonary transition at birth. According to this article, “Another potential benefit of delayed cord clamping is to ensure that the baby can receive the complete retinue of clotting factors.” In other words, the increased volume of blood will naturally increase blood platelet levels, which are needed for normal blood clotting.

Delayed clamping also results in an infusion of “stem cells, which play an essential role in the development of the immune, respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems, among many other functions. The concentration of stem cells in fetal blood is higher than at any other time of life. ICC [immediate cord clamping] leaves nearly one-third of these critical cells in the placenta. Stem cells may also help to repair any brain damage the baby might have suffered during a difficult birth.