The third stage of labour (when the placenta is delivered) is actively managed in most hospitals. Some hospitals offer a choice. Allowing the cord to finish pulsating before clamping/cutting has significant benefits for full term babies and even more for for preemies. This is a recent article from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the UK if you're considering a less 'managed' and more natural approach. http://www.rcog.org.uk/resources/public ... amping.doc Tracy