Third Stage of Labor: Hands Off and Have Patience!

Many families are surprised when I say that I do not touch the baby if all is well, and I do not clamp or cut the umbilical cord until after the placenta has been birthed. They are always curious to know why I do this, since the vast majority of obstetricians clamp and cut the cord immediately, and even a good number of homebirth midwives clamp and cut the cord before the placenta has been birthed.

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