19 Feb '12, 6pm

Doctors Finally Recommend Delayed Cord Clamping!

Doctors Finally Recommend Delayed Cord Clamping!

Allowing placental blood to flow into the neonate for 3 minutes, rather than cutting the umbilical cord within the first 10 seconds, as is common, increases blood volume sufficiently to elevate ferritin at 4 months, finds a study published online November 16 in the British Medical Journal… Ola Andersson, MD, a neonatologist at the Hospital of Halland in Sweden, and colleagues enrolled 400 full-term infants born after low-risk pregnancies between April 2008 and September 2009, and randomized the time of cord cutting to either 10 seconds or 3 minutes. When a birth was imminent, the midwife would open an envelope assigning either cord-cut time. Midwives held the neonates 20 cm below the level of the mothers’ vulvas for 30 seconds and then placed the infants on the mothers’ abdomens to facilitate blood transfer…. Every 20 babies having delayed clamping could prevent 1 case of ...

Full article: http://ecochildsplay.com/2011/11/17/more-benefits-of-dela...

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