New research: Delayed cord clamping reduces risk of preterm infant death by up to 66% (so why aren’t we doing it?)
2 new studies published in The Lancet found waiting for at least 2 minutes to clamp the umbilical cord of preterm babies could decrease risk of infant death by up to 66%. The question is: Why aren’t we doing it?
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I have a bee in my bonnet.
We have known for years that delaying the clamping of the umbilical cord can benefit all babies.
Now 2 new studies published in The Lancet make it very clear that an intervention is urgently needed — to change routine hospital practice to follow the latest evidence-based research.
The two companion systematic reviews and meta-analysis published in The Lancet found waiting for at least 2 mins to clamp the umbilical cord of preterm babies could decrease risk of preterm infant death by up to 66%.
The studies included researchers from the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney, Australia.
The study authors say around the world, each year:
- Almost 13 million babies are born preterm.
- Nearly 1 million of those babies die shortly after birth.
Imagine the difference we could make to health outcomes if everyone everywhere followed the evidence, and practiced optimal cord clamping — and waited at least 2 minutes before clamping the cord?
This blog-article discusses the results of the latest research and makes an argument that maternity care needs to change to incorporate the latest research.