• Bea Christie

The Golden Hour And Delayed Cord Clamping

The golden hour is, as you may have guessed, is the first 60 minutes after birth. During this time your baby will slowly acclimatise to being in the outside world. Things have suddenly changed for baby, they haven't experienced things like loud noises, hunger or cold temperatures, so many start with skin-to-skin, delayed cord clamping and latching; if this is how you've chosen to feed your baby.

As parent and baby enjoy finally getting to hold each other, hormones are doing work in the background. Oxytocin production is boosted whilst having skin-to-skin contact, this not only promotes bonding and regulates babies temperature but also encourages milk production.

Having an undisturbed hour means the cord can be left intact. Allowing all the blood left in the placenta, roughly 30%, to make its way too baby. This practice has many benefits, including reducing risk of anaemia and increased stem cells and iron levels.

Delayed cord clamping can still be practiced if you have an abdominal birth or choose to have the injection to birth your placenta, so be sure to add this to your birth plan.

More benefits of the golden hour and delayed cord clamping are being discovered as more research is done, including long term positive neurological outcomes.

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