But a baby won’t take their first breath until after birth.
This means that babies don’t truly breathe in the womb.
Instead, the umbilical cord provides the baby with oxygen until the first breath.
Until these sacs are fully developed, a baby may have difficulty breathing on its own outside of the womb.
Why is the umbilical cord cut before a newborn has started to breathe on its own?
In the first minutes after birth, as it starts to breathe on its own, a newborn can receive a substantial blood transfusion from the placenta. Most expectant mothers are too concerned about a safe delivery to worry about precisely when the umbilical cord should be cut afterwards.
Do babies feel pain when umbilical cord is cut?
There are no nerves in the cord, so cutting it isn’t painful for you or the baby.
What happens if the umbilical cord is not cut?
“It’s not some kind of waste material the body produces separately.” When the umbilical cord is not cut, it naturally seals off after about an hour after birth. The umbilical cord and attached placenta will fully detach from the baby anywhere from two to 10 days after the birth.
How long can you wait to cut the umbilical cord?
Although there is much debate surrounding the optimal time to clamp the umbilical cord, WHO’s findings suggest that late cord clamping (one to three minutes after delivery or longer) is recommended for all births. However, most midwives advise a woman to wait until the cord quits pumping.