When a baby has a gentle landing at birth, they will have an intact capacity to love and trust!
— Ibu Robin Lim, midwife and author

There is growing evidence that waiting to clamp and cut the cord until it has stopped pulsing will help your baby transition more gently to life outside of your womb and give him/her a healthier start.  At birth the average baby has approximately 450ml of blood.  More or less 2/3 of that is in the baby at birth and 1/3 is in the placenta.  If your care provider immediately cuts the cord, your baby will be short about 150ml of his/her total blood supply.  Your baby deserves 100% of his/her blood!

Penny Simkin, founder of DONA (Doulas of North America) describes the baby/placenta blood volume very clearly.


Ibu Robin Lim, a midwife and author in Bali calls any care provider who cuts the cord too early a “vampire in the room”.  If possible, Robin and the other midwives of Bumi Sehat leave the placenta attached for at least three hours if not longer. 


Dr. Stuart Fischbein a homebirth obstetrician, speaks out about the benefits of delayed cord clamping.