Kate Emerson

Kate Emerson is a practitioner with an interest in neonatal transitional physiology and clinical cord clamping practices. Please visit www.cord-clamping.com to read more.
Kate Emerson has written 19 posts for Delayed Cord Clamping

Meeting my baby–an unfolding of love and discovery

Anticipating my fourth baby, I longed for a safe birth where we could transition together spontaneously. The moment I gave birth to my first baby, she was immediately whisked away for suctioning despite being vigorous at birth. The immediate cord clamping and suctioning was routine, and unnecessarily prevented us from seeing each other for nearly … Continue reading

Planned hospital waterbirth and natural third stage

Jess gave birth to her second baby Arya Ruby, followed by a physiological third stage in a planned hospital waterbirth.   The hospital where Jess gave birth is located in the north-east region of Victoria in Australia. It has a maternity service that facilitates approximately 1200 births per annum with a level 2 special care nursery. … Continue reading

Decision aids–cord clamping and placental birth

The following decision aids have been produced by the Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies. Choices about clamping your baby’s umbilical cord (2.16MB) “A decision aid for women having a vaginal birth. This has been written to support women planning to have a vaginal birth to know what expect and have a say in making … Continue reading

International conference on cord clamping 2013

International Conference on Transitional Care Cutting the Cord 19 April 2013 The event will be held in the Centre for Professional Development, The Medical School, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Please visit the webpage for this conference for up-to-date and correct information click here Programme “Childbirth today is safer than it ever has been throughout history. Modern … Continue reading

Birth story–delayed cord clamping, a hospital first

Gunnar Jay’s birth story Valerie and Zeke are proud to share the birth experience of their beautiful son Gunnar Jay, born March 8 2012 at York Hospital in Pennsylvania, USA. Valerie writes the attending doctors and several nurses informed her Gunnar was their first experience at York Hospital with delayed cord clamping! “Unfortunately we have … Continue reading

Birth story– ‘woman-centred’ emergency c-section with delayed clamping

Elise is a birth and postnatal doula and has generously shared the birth story of her third baby Dimitri. This birth was in Swindon, United Kingdom. Dimitri was born via an emergency c-section, after transferring from a planned homebirth. Elise arrived at the hospital prepared with a birth plan outlining the “natural cesearean ‘woman-centred’ technique”, … Continue reading

Birth plan for delayed cord clamping

Immediate and premature clamping of the baby’s umbilical cord is a ritual performed in many hospitals across the globe. Premature clamping became standard clinical practice without evidence and without regard/ understanding of the physiological changes in the baby in the first few minutes after birth. There is no scientific evidence that supports immediate clamping in vaginal or cesarean birth. For those interested … Continue reading

Nuchal Cord: Ritual and Routine

Nuchal Cord: Ritual and Routine

A session presented by Cord-Clamping.Com for the 2012 Virtual International Day of the Midwife conference.

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Responses to Mother and Baby–Positioning After Birth

A recent article Mother and Baby – Positioning After Birth has been the most ‘shared’ article to date and generated some interesting discussions online. A follow-up post is being drafted with information about the scientific research on gravity, placental transfusion and cord clamping. In the meantime, below are some responses to the ‘Positioning’ article where … Continue reading

Mother and baby–positioning after birth

“This is the first moment we met each other. I was so overwhelmed and stunned that our baby was here that I hadn’t even picked her up! She is still attached to the cord and the placenta isn’t birthed yet. Before the birth, I had visualised in my head that I would pick her up … Continue reading

Literature on immediate vs delayed cord clamping in full term infants

Overview of literature on immediate versus delayed cord clamping in full term infants Cord-Clamping.Com wishes to acknowledge the work of student midwife Tina Lundholm in the design and development of this literature overview. At time of writing Tina has completed her degree and has applied for registration to work as clinical midwife in Australia. Please … Continue reading

Cord around the neck – what parents & practitioners should know

This article shares information about the common practice of checking for a nuchal cord during the second stage of labour, and unlooping or cutting the cord – interventions that are not evidence-based and can cause birth trauma. ********Updated Jan, 2012: This article focuses on theories and evidence where routine interventions associated with nuchal cord may be … Continue reading

Image – umbilical cord after birth

Nurturing Hearts Birth Services has produced a wonderful photo essay of an intact umbilical cord, showing the changes that occur over 15 minutes from the moment of birth. Click here to see the full article and photo essay – Magic Umbilical Cords 

Birth experience–cutting the cord before birth

This mother shares how her son’s umbilical cord was cut before his shoulders were born. After doing her own research, she decides what her care-provider did was not evidence-based. *** When I was pregnant I did everything right to give my baby the best possible chance for a safe, natural birth. I researched like crazy, hired a doula, … Continue reading

The Beauty of a Natural Third Stage

The ‘third stage of labour’ is described as the time from birth of the baby to the expulsion of the placenta and membranes. Although succinct, this description does not capture the immense beauty of a natural third stage. Behold the exquisite moment of first contact between mother and baby in an undisturbed birth In natural … Continue reading

Cord Clamping the Compromised Infant

When the cord is surgically clamped at birth, the volume of blood within the newborn baby is fixed. While the healthy, full term baby routinely survives early cord clamping, some babies are born prematurely or with a dangerously low blood volume. A low blood volume (hypovolemia) can be caused by compression on the cord, a … Continue reading

Cesarean section & delayed clamping

Cesarean section and delayed cord clamping “Immediate clamping is routine at cesarean section but lacks scientific evidence” (Erikson-Owens, 2009). Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord in cesarean section delivery is possible for many babies. In fact, delayed clamping in cesarean section is standard for some practitioners – to enhance placental transfusion and increase the baby’s blood volume at … Continue reading

WHO: optimal timing of umbilical cord clamping

World Health Organisation – Essential delivery care practices for maternal and newborn health and nutrition “The first minutes after birth are a very vulnerable period for both mother and newborn. The care that is provided during this time is critical to ensure not only their immediate survival but also to improve their longer-term health and … Continue reading