Posted by: babybumper | December 1, 2010

Delayed cord clamping leads to routine blood transfusion

Blood Drop by Abhishek Jacob

Swish, swish, swish, swish; throughout pregnancy the umbilical cord steadily carries oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the tiny tot. This connection is the wee-bit’s life-line. Rapidly after birth, the cord bestows one last contribution, essentially a blood transfusion, provided to aid in a seamless transformation of the baby’s blood circulation.

Before birth, within the comfort of the womb the placenta functions as the baby’s lungs, kidneys, liver, gut and skin. This enables the young one’s blood to focus where most needed: the brain and heart. In a flash, after birth, the infant suddenly must fend for himself. The demands for blood increase, and mom aids in this modification. Put on the spot, all organs must work effectively to support the child’s life. Thankfully, the life-giving link, the umbilical cord, remains for the moment of transformation.

Transformation by Rabble

After the great upheaval of birth, the umbilical cord, faithful in service, continues connecting the placenta to the kiddo. In those first critical moments, strong contractions administer a specialized blood transfusion. Unlike a typical blood transfusion, this gift contains the baby’s own blood, already full of oxygen and nutrients (supplied by mom). This vital fluid serves to aid in the modification of the blood circulation for the youngster. Therefore the previously unused but now essential organs: lungs, kidneys, liver, gut, and skin are primed for service.

The blood supply for the “lesser organs” can be locked into the placenta through clamping the cord. If the umbilical cord is pulsing, then the Special Transfusion is being delivered. The baby will be deprived of a momentous aid to the transformation from dependency to independence if the cord is clamped prematurely. As the infant undergoes a metamorphosis, the umbilical cord remains a supply line of nutrients and oxygen, pumping the babe full, giving him the best start on his journey toward independence.

Cord by Drcorneilus


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