What is OCC? When your baby is born approximately 1/3 of your baby's blood is outside your baby's body. That blood is still pulsating through your baby's umbilical cord and the placenta. This blood is rich in iron and oxygenated red blood cells, rich in immune supporting white blood cells and rich in stem cells. When that blood has had a chance to travel back into your baby's body it is the optimal time to clamp and cut your baby's umbilical cord.
How long does it take? Well, that varies; however, on average it takes 3-5 minutes for most of your baby's blood to return to your baby's body. That said, some opt to wait until the placenta has been fully delivered before severing the cord. A simple guideline is to "wait for white". Wait for your baby's umbilical cord to turn limp and white.
There is currently a social media campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of optimal cord cutting #waitforwhite.
What are the benefits? There are immediate and long term benefits for waiting to sever your baby's umbilical cord. Three that stand out for me are:
Fun Fact: We are the only mammals that routinely sever the umbilical cord as soon as our babies are born.
As always, I encourage you to do your own research."When we know better we do better"~ Maya Anjelou.
From my heart to yours...
Here are just a few resources to start with: