Midwives to doctors: don't cut the umbilical cord too quickly
Cutting the umbilical cord shortly after birth can lead to serious disturbances in the functioning of the baby, argue midwives from The Royal College of Midwives, a British organization of midwives. They recommend that doctors extend the postpartum period while the newborn is still attached to the placenta.
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In Poland, the rules of the so-called de-curing, i.e. cutting the umbilical cord, is defined in the regulation of the Minister of Health on the standards of perinatal care. It was established that it should take place after the ripple ceases (in the case of uninterrupted delivery).
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In practice, umbilical cord pulsation is based on the individual feelings of the staff, and it is difficult to indicate the length of time between birth and debuffing. The situation is similar in other countries.
Meanwhile, research shows that delaying the severing of the umbilical cord by up to two minutes helps blood flow from the placenta to the baby. As a result, the overall blood volume (by 30%) and the number of erythrocytes increase.
On the other hand, tightening the clamp on the umbilical cord too quickly can deprive the newborn of iron. And this, in turn, may lead to anemia already in infancy and the development of neurological problems - iron is a very important component of blood, especially in young children.
That is why British midwives made a special appeal to pediatricians who often decide to cut the umbilical cord. Just a few minutes is enough to significantly help a newborn and heal some diseases.