The thought of childbirth probably conjures up images of a sweaty mom-to-be in a brightly lit hospital delivery room. Midwives mop the patient’s brow as her hands clench and her eyes squeeze tight as she pushes her baby out. And, when the purple-hued newborn emerges, it begins to cry – and so do its overjoyed family members.
Then comes the cutting of the umbilical cord. Often times, this honor is given to the baby’s father or the mother’s chosen birth partner. With one snip, the baby is no longer connected to its mother or to the placenta. Thus the newborn is removed from the organ which provided the baby’s oxygen, nutrition and temperature regulation in the womb.