When is the cord cut?

The cord is then cut between the clamps. It is sometimes clamped and cut during delivery if it was looped tightly around the baby’s neck. This is quite common.

Some doctors and midwives believe that the baby benefits from the return of placental blood through the umbilical cord and that the cord should not be clamped until it stops pulsating. Others believe that this could cause the baby to develop anaemia.

It’s good to put your baby to the breast immediately because it stimulates the delivery of the placenta, even if she isn’t hungry at first.

It also increases your chances of breastfeeding successfully.