Assumption: It is best to clamp and cut the umbilical cord as soon as a baby is born.
When cord clamping was delayed by just 30-120 seconds, there were more positive outcomes for premature infants. Receiving the continued blood-flow through the umbilical cord prevented the need for transfusions and resulted in fewer cases of intraventricular hemorrhage.
A lot about what happens immediately after birth seems rushed to me. I think that giving the baby time to transition while still attached to the placenta certainly won’t cause harm! Allowing Mom, Dad and baby to relax and just BE together after the birth without a lot of intervention from staff helps establish a peaceful loving bond. Delaying the clamping of the cord seems natural to me, as does delaying eye treatments, immunizations, baths, and warmers. Baby against Mom’s skin and no one rushing them to DO anything is a great way to welcome a new life! 🙂 These studies focused on preterm infants, but I think all infants could benefit from this kind of treatment.