Welcome to the first in a series of weekly (3/4 weeks of the month) peri-natal blog posts from Mother Oak Massage. My name is Michelle Martino. I'm a registered nurse, and a licensed massage therapist. As a licensed massage therapist, I specialize in prenatal and postpartum massage. As a registered nurse, I work in home health, and am currently taking continuing education in lactation, so that I can also provide support to breastfeeding mothers. For full disclosure, I am not a labor and delivery nurse. The information I will be presenting to you I will include references (linked in the text) that you can examine yourself and discuss with your health care provider.
Today's post was inspired by an Australian article on delayed cord clamping my sister shared on Facebook. It got me thinking about how when I was a teenager, banking stem cells from baby's umbillical cord was a big trend in the birthing community (or so the parenting magazines would have you think). Now, delayed cord clamping is the trend that is replacing banking stem cells. Here's why:
If delayed cord clamping is something you would like to do for your baby, discuss it with your OB/GYN or Midwife, and your delivery team.
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