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Jemimah Fiel F.


Delay in Clamping Umbilical Cord Benefits Babies,
Doctors Say

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends waiting at least 30 to 60
seconds after birth to clamp a healthy newborn's umbilical cord, citing potential health benefits.

The new guideline is a change from 2012, when ACOG expressed uncertainty about the value of delaying
clamping. The group now says research suggests healthy infants can benefit from getting more blood from the
placenta through the umbilical cord.

"While there are various recommendations regarding optimal timing for delayed umbilical cord clamping, there
has been increased evidence that shows that the practice in and of itself has clear health benefits for both
preterm and term infants," Dr. Maria Mascola, lead author of the guidelines, said in an ACOG news release.

"And, in most cases, this does not interfere with early care, including drying and stimulating for the first breath
and immediate skin-to-skin contact," she added.

A full-term pregnancy is one that lasts 39 weeks to 40 weeks. Preterm is used to describe a baby born before 37
weeks of gestation.

Delayed cord clamping can boost levels of hemoglobin in the blood and help prevent iron deficiency during the
baby's first year of life, potentially staving off developmental problems, the doctors' group said.

Although delayed clamping increases the newborn's risk of jaundice that will require treatment, ACOG said
there's no evidence that waiting increases the mother's risk of hemorrhage.


By this. So it is important to put emphasis on having a delayed cord clamping rather than doing it immediately. EINC is widely used in the health care setup at delivery rooms and is strictly implemented in public and private hospitals. we’ll be able to give the best care we have to our clients and also the future generations.Now a days. . In the Philippines. which we know that blood is essential in the circulatory system and also gives carries oxygen which is needed by the organs to function. In which studies shows that delayed cord clamping is beneficial to the baby. And the good thing is there are no risk of hemorrhage for the mother to have a delayed cord clamping. getting more blood from the placenta through the umbilical cord. the health care system had found many ways to improve medical interventions even in simplest way and one of those is delayed clamping of the cord.