March 4, 2017
Traditionally, doctors cut the cord quickly because of the belief that placental blood flow would increase birth complications like neonatal respiratory distress, a type of blood cancer called polycythemia, jaundice from rapid transfusion of a large volume of blood, and risk of excessive blood loss at the time of delivery to the mother. However, research has shown that delayed clamping doesn’t cause complications for the mother or child.
The American College of Nurse-Midwives recommends delaying clamping, in full-term infants, for five minutes if the newborn is placed skin-to-skin with the mother or two minutes if the newborn is at or below the height of the vaginal canal. A midwife we contacted in Michigan said, “Delayed cord clamping is just standard care.
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