Amazing new research shows that thousands of premature babies can be saved each year. The method? Simply wait 60 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord after birth.
Coordinated by the University of Sydney, researchers have found that by waiting (instead of clamping immediately), premmie mortality rates reduced by a third!
It also means that there is less need for blood transfusions as the mother and baby are exchanging vital fluid (blood?) from the placenta in that crucial minute.
The results were found over 18 trials examining the births of 2800 infants born before 37 weeks gestation.
While international guidelines already recommend delayed clamping for premature babies, the research confirms that this method saves lives in instances where the baby is breathing well and doesn’t need immediate resuscitation.
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The research will be published American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and confirms finding from the Australian Placental Transfusion Study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week.
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