Delayed Cord Cutting

Delayed cord cutting has great benefits for the baby and assists in their transition to breathing on their own. “In the interim between birth and the natural occlusion of the blood flow in the cord, the infant’s brain and body are nourished with oxygen-rich blood from two sources, ensuring a healthy transition to neonatal life. […]

A nuchal cord is rarely a problem: dispelling a common myth

Midwife Rachel Reed assesses the risks of a common condition which many parents fear. “Only very occasionally will a nuchal cord prevent the baby descending once the head is born, in which case the midwife can use a ‘somersault’ manoeuvre to free the baby so that the cord can remain intact.19 If this manoeuvre is […]

Cord around the neck – what parents & practitioners should know

Nuchal cords are rarely found to be the cause of adverse outcomes in studies of pregnancy and birth. Several authors have concluded nuchal cords “ordinarily do no harm” (5,6,7). Some studies have associated nuchal cord with an increased rate of variable fetal heart rate decelerations during labour, and tight nuchal cords to a higher proportion […]

Delayed cord clamping results in better immediate newborn outcomes

Prof. Ochoa says: 
”Our study demonstrates that late clamping of the umbilical cord has a beneficial effect upon the antioxidant capacity and reduces the inflammatory signal induced during labor, which could improve the development of the newborn during his or her first days of life.”     <<To read the rest of this article, click […]