Umbilical Cord Should Not be Cut Immediately After Birth, Say Campaigners

by Kathy Jones on  April 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM Child Health News
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The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has revealed that cutting a newborn's umbilical cord immediately after birth increases health risks for the babies and asked the NHS to reverse the practice by leaving the cord for anywhere between 30 seconds to 5 minutes before cutting it.
 Umbilical Cord Should Not be Cut Immediately After Birth, Say Campaigners
Umbilical Cord Should Not be Cut Immediately After Birth, Say Campaigners

The NCT said that the baby is deprived of vital placental blood when the cord is clamped or cut soon after the birth, increasing the baby's risk of becoming anemic and affecting the brain development.

"When a baby is born, about a third of the baby's blood is still in his/her cord and placenta. With no good evidence to support it, it is accepted practice to accelerate the arrival of the placenta with an injection and clamp and cut the cord immediately, depriving the baby of this blood", chief executive of the NCT, Belinda Phipps said.

Source: Medindia

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