A case for delayed umbilical cord clamping

The immediate umbilical cord clamping following delivery of the baby has been a standard midwifery practice. Upon clamping and cutting of the cord, the baby is handed to the nurse and the placenta delivered. This completes the third stage of labor process.
The WHO has advocated this practice as part of the prevention of excessive postpartum bleeding. The other recommendations include administration of a uterotonic drug to ensure a well contracted uterine and delivery of the placenta as soon as possible.
Recently, there have been advocates of delay cord clamping. The perceived benefits include more blood volume being transfused from the placenta/cord into the baby and a higher availability of stem cells that help to boast the immune functions.

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Author: Dr Ng Soon Pheng

Dr. Ng Soon Pheng MD(USM), M.Med (O&G), Fellow Reprod Medicine (Singapore), AM (Mal) Dr. Ng Soon Pheng qualified from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia. After obtaining his post graduate degree, Dr. Ng Soon Pheng continued his clinical fellowship training in the field of IVF in Singapore. He was also the recipient of Yayasan Sultan Iskandar (Johor) Scholarship for the fellowship stint. Dr. Ng Soon Pheng has more than 10 years of working experience in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the public and university hospital, with special interests in infertility. He was an Associate Professor with the Department of O&G in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) specialising in infertility. Dr. Ng Soon Pheng is currently Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with special interests in infertility at Columbia Asia Hospital - Puchong.