✨ more blood transfer to baby and less chances of baby becoming anemic

✨ baby receives more oxygen containing red blood cells that help with development

✨ baby is getting more oxygen pumped blood as it’s still learning to breathe on its own

✨ helps baby cope better with transition to life out of the womb space

✨ premies have been shown to have fewer heart problems, better blood pressure, fewer blood transfusions, fewer seizures

✨ improves fine motor skills

The list goes on and on! While delayed cord clamping is making a comeback (rightly so), it’s still not common in a hospital setting and should be put into your birth plan if this is something you resonate with. The cord should be clamped once it has turned white and has stopped pulsing. The longer the cord is intact, the more benefits baby will receive.


Made of sebum (skin oil) and cells that have sloughed off as your baby has grown, vernix caseosa helps form a barrier between your baby’s skin and the surrounding amniotic fluid.

Vernix’s role is to protect a fetus and newborn. It’s often waxy or cream cheese-like in texture and can help newborns regulate body temperature and retain water in their first few hours earthside (Singh and Archana, NCBI NIH, 2008). The WHO recommends leaving the vernix on your baby for at least six hours, and preferably 24.

Benefits include:

  • It has antimicrobial properties
  • Lubrication through the birth canal
  • Helps regulate a baby’s body temperature
  • Moisturizes your baby’s skin