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Can I have delayed (or optimal) cord clamping with a caesarean birth?

You can still have delayed cord clamping if you have a caesarean section, whether it is planned or an emergency.

Usually, the placenta will be taken out at the same time as your baby. Your healthcare professional will then wait to cut the cord (or for your birth partner to cut the cord, if that’s what you want) before cleaning and checking your baby’s health and passing them to you for a cuddle.

You can talk to the health professionals caring for you about this.

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