Tuesday, November 30, 2010

delayed cord clamping

Delayed cord clamping is exactly that .... delaying the clamping of the cord for around two minutes; or when it stops pulsing.  This is something that is not done too often in hospitals unless the couple requests it.  It allows the last of the nutrients from the placenta to be delivered to the baby, and has some definite benefits; there was a marked improvement in the content of the babys' blood -- particularly their iron levels -- extending throughout their infancy.

I found a great medical article on it here.

The article concludes with:
"Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord in full-term neonates for a minimum of 2 minutes following birth is beneficial to the newborn, extending into infancy. Although there was an increase in polycythemia among infants in whom cord clamping was delayed, this condition appeared to be benign."

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