Placement of Baby Doesn't Matter in Delayed Cord Clamping
the MPR take:
Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord is increasingly recommended to allow blood to continue to flow from the placenta, boosting iron levels in the baby and preventing maternal blood loss. One barrier to this practice is that doctors have been advised to hold the infant at the level of the vagina for one minute or longer for gravity to assist with blood flow. A new study in The Lancet suggests that this is not necessary in delayed clamping, as the research found the same amount of blood transferred no matter where the baby was held or placed. Babies that were born premature, newborns requiring resuscitation, and cesarean section births were excluded from the study and more research is needed on the role of umbilical cord blood flow for these types of births.
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