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Title: The importance of delayed cord clamping for Aboriginal babies: a life-enhancing advantage.
Authors: Weckert, Rosemary
Hancock, Heather
Affiliation: Clinical Midwifery, Alice Springs Hospital, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Citation: Women and birth : journal of the Australian College of Midwives 2008-12; 21(4): 165-70
Abstract: Third stage management has typically focused on women and postpartum haemorrhage. Clamping and cutting the umbilical cord following the birth of the baby has continued to be a routine part of this focus. Active versus physiological management of third stage is generally accepted as an evidence-based plan for women to avoid excessive blood loss. Other considerations around this decision are rarely considered, including the baby's perspective. This paper provides a review of the literature regarding timing of clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord and related issues, and discusses the consequences for babies and in particular *Aboriginal babies. Iron stores in babies are improved (among other important advantages) if the cord is left to stop pulsating for 3 min before being clamped. Such a simple measure of patience and informed practice can make a long lasting difference to a baby's health and for Aboriginal babies this advantage can be critical in the short and the long term for their development and wellbeing. To achieve much needed reductions in infancy anaemia and essential increases in infant survival, delayed cord clamping and cutting is recommended for all Aboriginal babies.
DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2008.09.004
ISSN: 1871-5192
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Anemia, Iron-Deficiency
Anemia, Neonatal
Holistic Health
Infant, Newborn
Labor Stage, Third
Perinatal Care
Pregnancy Outcome
Umbilical Cord
Health Services, Indigenous
Medicine, Traditional
Oceanic Ancestry Group
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