Friday, July 13, 2007

Cord Clamping and Timing

Effects of early cord cutting

Through early cord cutting the baby is missing out on getting up to 1/3 of its placental blood which is very rich and contains hormones, enzymes, iron and stem cells. If the baby doesn’t get all its blood, when its organs are just beginning to work fully, it has to start off depleted and the baby’s system has to produce the missing amount right after birth.By clamping a pulsing cord the baby is forced into a state of panic. It has to breathe suddenly or it will suffocate. This is a very painful experience for a baby and can have long reaching effects. Frederick Leboyer believes the way we breathe at birth creates a pattern that will determine how we will breathe for the rest of our life.Early cutting has been linked to an increased likelihood of childhood anaemia, allergies, asthma, digestive issues, adult colitis, lumbar and vertebral issues, as well as low vitality and lethargy, a poor sense of empowerment, low self esteem and low motivation in life.Psychologically early cord cutting is a traumatic ending to the physical connection with the mother and a sudden loss of the baby’s source of nourishment. This feeling can stay with a person throughout life and may create issues around ‘not getting enough’ or ‘not being able to support oneself’.

Better bonding with oxytocin

In a natural third stage of labour mother and baby can have the full benefit of the hormone oxytocin.Oxytocin not only causes the uterus to contract, it plays a major role in bonding between mother and baby. The hormone is produced by the primal brain and is also known as the ‘love hormone’. In smaller doses than at a birth it is also produced during lovemaking and orgasm.With oxytocin levels still high after birth mother and baby will have a bonding experience with feelings of love and pleasure. The way a baby bonds with the mother after birth will influence its ability to love and relate later in life.Furthermore if it feels love and pleasure instead of being overwhelmed, threatened in its survival, depleted and separated from the mother the baby’s primary imprint and first impression of the world will be affected accordingly. Syntocinon does not have the ‘love-effect’ and interferes with a mother's natural oxytocin production.

*From an article/website on Lotus Birth.

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