I had my 24-wk appointment today, and the OB and I agreed last time that we would go over my birth preferences list (I hate calling it a birth plan because if there is one thing you can't plan, it's a birth). I envision a low-intervention, low-key natural birth despite having an OB and going to a hospital. She seemed fine with everything except my request for delayed cord clamping. She said that in her experience, she seems to end up with anemic babies when she delays clamping. I was all "?????" Seriously, I was just flabbergasted. How can you possibly end up with an anemic baby if the baby is getting all that iron-rich blood from the placenta?? My doula sent me a link to this article, and I printed it out and gave it to the OB, but I don't know if she will budge: Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 : http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/?p=5730#.UKJExdYhQNk.facebook
I can't tell my OB her experiences are wrong, but... ???? By what mechanism could delayed cord clamping result in an anemic baby?? Can anyone provide some thoughts? Insight? Anything?