Mr Patrick O’Brien, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said:
“The RCOG recommends that the umbilical cord should not be clamped earlier than is necessary. This new study adds to the emerging evidence showing benefits to delayed cord clamping, a minute after birth or when cord pulsation has ceased.
“However, in some instances, early clamping may be required, such as when the mother is suffering heavy blood loss immediately after childbirth, or in some cases when the baby needs immediate resuscitation, so the decision on when to cut the cord must be based on the clinical assessment of the situation.
“If delayed cord clamping is introduced in units, this review has highlighted the increased need for phototherapy when significant jaundice is detected.”
11 July 2013
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