When is the cord cut?

Usually, it''s cut routinely as soon as the baby is born, before the placenta is delivered. Sometimes, the cord is not cut until the ''cord stops pulsating'' (about 5-20 mins after the birth). It''s your call, just mention it in the birth plan. The cord is clamped in two places and then cut. On the baby''s side this will be his ''belly button''. If there is a problem at delivery, the cord is cut immediately so that the doctors can get on and deal with it. For example, if your baby needed to be placed on a resuscitaire to have oxygen, or needed help breathing.
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