Some procedures during birth and after I can honestly understand both sides of what is normally practiced by the medical as well as the midwifery model of care. GBS screening, vitamin K injections, and eye ointment are just a few topics that while I may have my own opinion, I at least can understand why some have the opposite opinion. Immediate cord clamping is not one of those subjects. I really, truly can't understand why it's done. Common sense dictates that naturally letting the cord stop pulsing so that the baby gets the correct amount of blood is best. Here is an article from an obstetrician explaining that the evidence shows a very small delay in cord clamping is beneficial, especially for preemies. I especially like the part where he admits that the reason doctors have been so resistant to the practice is because it was first practiced by midwives. That must have been very hard for him to admit, and it's the attitude we all need if we want to see the best births for every woman and every baby. This is one of the many procedures and issues parents need to become informed about before their baby's arrival. That's why I'm teaching natural childbirth classes in San Angelo!
As the due date approaches every pregnant woman wants to know WHEN she can expect the big event. We want to have everything as perfect as possible; all the feathers lining the nest. In reality, it's only a few weeks of waiting, but to a pregnant mama it seems never ending. It is important to remember, however, that the due date is only an average, and an inaccurate one at that. Learn a little more about how due dates are calculated before even considering induction, natural or otherwise. You may feel ready to finally hold your baby, but a few more days to develop could help him in the long run.
Here's a really good objective opinion of the Birth Boot Camp curriculum. It's pretty much everything I would say, too! Send it to someone who's pregnant and wondering if natural is the way to go!
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