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Delayed Cord Clamping Compared with Newborn Twins

Editor’s Note:Since we first published this article in 2014, we’ve done our own due diligence and it appears that this image probably didn’t originate with one of our students, but rather it was found online as early as 2013. The actual source of the photo is unknown to us. However, in consulting with Rachel about the validity of the image, she says that she has been at enough births that the comparison in her opinion is a practical one. In the spirit of practical demonstration, we will continue to keep this picture online unless we are requested to remove it from the original owner. 

One of our students recently completed an assignment in the childbirth course on delayed cord clamping. As a part of her assignment, she included the picture featured here of twins born vaginally in the hospital. Baby A (on the left) had instant cord clamping, while baby B ( on the right) had delayed cord clamping. The difference in skin color is quite distinct, but this is only indicative of a host of additional benefits to the infant child that result from waiting to cut the umbilical cord or what is more commonly referred to as delayed cord clamping.

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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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