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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