Benefits of Optimal Cord Clamping.
Firstly baby receives their full volume of blood as nature intended.
Ola Andersson’s team examined 382 term babies in 2011. The results showed that at 4 months of age there was increased anaemia in the babies that had immediate cord clamping. 263 of the babies from the original study were examined in 2015 at age 4 and the results showed that the male babies had decreased social and fine motor skills.
Diane Farrer’s team weighed babies with the cord intact for 5 minutes and the results showed that the babies gained up to 214g in the first five minutes of life when the cord remained intact.
Judith Mercer – an American Midwife has done extensive research into the benefits of delayed cord clamping with premature babies showing:
Delayed cord clamping increases:
• Blood pressure
• Cerebral oxygenation
• Red blood cell flow
•Breast feeding duration
Delayed cord clamping decreases the risk of:
•Need for blood transfusions for low blodd pressure or anaemia
•Need for mechanical ventilation