Not sure if this is the best forum section for this, so please feel free to move it, but I have a question about emergency childbirth. A lot of mothers and doctors think there are benefits to not instantly clamping and cutting the umbilical cord. I haven't done enough research on the issue to have an informed perspective, but I was wondering what the protocol for EMTs is? How soon after birth do they clamp/cut if the birth is say, in the back of the ambulance? If the mother requests for them to wait 5-10 minutes, do they have a legal obligation to follow her requests? Again, I'm not sure what my position is at this point, but it's an issue I'm curious on!