What does the umbilical cord do?
- one vein that carries blood rich in oxygen and nutrients from you to your baby
- two arteries that return deoxygenated blood and waste products, such as carbon dioxide, from your baby back to the placenta
What happens after the baby is born?
- clamp the umbilical cord about 3-4cm (1½-2 inches) from your baby’s belly button with a plastic clip
- place another clamp at the other end of the cord, near the placenta