David Hutchon BSc(Med Sci), MB, ChB, FRCOG.


As a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Darlington Memorial Hospital for 28 years, David Hutchon started investigating the circulation and respiration at birth and the effect of early cord clamping in 2003.He has since published and lectured extensively on the subject and co-operating with UK and international colleagues developed equipment and ways of providing neonatal resuscitation at the side of the mother without clamping the cord; this practice is gradually being adopted in a few units around the world. He has published numerous articles on the subject explaining how early cord clamping disrupts the neonatal circulation, may contribute to neonatal morbidity and leads to the separation of mother and baby. He has co-authored a chapter on neonatal care immediately after birth, co-authored two Cochrane systematic reviews, and  has organised five international conferences dedicated to the subject of delayed cord clamping and motherside neonatal resuscitation.

Publications (Recent and relevant)

Hutchon DJR. Strictly Physiological Neonatal Transition at Birth. Health Science Journal (2016) Vol. 10 No. 2: 8ISSN 1791-809X

Hutchon DJR. The normal range of heart rate at birth in a healthy term neonate: a critical review of the evidence.Curr Pediatr Res (2016) 20 (1&2): 7-10ISSN 0971-9032

Hutchon D and Bettles N. Motherside care of the term neonate at birth. Maternal Health, Neonatology, and Perinatology (2016) 2:5DOI 10.1186/s40748-016-0034-9

Hutchon DJR, Simon EN (2015) Low Apgar, Need for Resuscitation and Neonatal Jaundice. J Nurs Care 4: 277. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000277

Hutchon DJR. Ventilation before Umbilical Cord Clamping Improves Physiological Transition at Birth or “Umbilical Cord Clamping before Ventilation is Established Destabilizes Physiological Transition at Birth”Frontiers In Paediatricshttp://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fped.2015.00029

Hutchon D J R. Concerns about consent, the NICE guidelines regarding resuscitation and early cord clamping. infant 11; 32 0 1 51-2

Backes CH, Rivera BK, Haque U, et al. Placental transfusion strategies in very preterm neonates: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 2014;124:47–56.

Backes CH, Rivera BK, Haque U, Bridge JA, Smith CV, Hutchon DJ, et al. Placental transfusion strategies in very preterm neonates: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 2014;124(1):47–56.

Backes CH, Rivera B, Haque U, Copeland K, Hutchon D, Smith CV. Placental transfusion strategies in extremely preterm infants: the next piece of the puzzle. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2014;7(4):257–67.

Hutchon D. Evolution of neonatal resuscitation with intact placental circulation. Infant. 2014;10:58–61.

Christina Uwins,David JR Hutchon Delayed umbilical cord clamping after childbirth.Pediatric Health, Medicine and Therapeutics 2014:5161–171

Hutchon DJR (2014) Technological Developments in Neonatal Care at Birth. J Nurs Care 3: 218. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000218

D J R and Wepster B. The estimated cost of early cord clamping at birth within Europe. International Journal of Childbirth4 4 2014250 – 256

Hutchon DJR The missing peripartum deleterious process may be early cord clamping.BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology2013 120;81030 -1

Hutchon DJR. How long have we got to get the baby out? A review of the effects of acute and profound intrapartum hypoxia and ischaemia.The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2012;14: E3 -4

Hutchon D. J. R. Immediate or early cord clamping vs delayed clampingJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, November 2012; 32: 724–729

Hutchon DJR. EARLY VERSUS DELAYED CORD CLAMPING AT BIRTH; IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH. Fetal and Maternal Medicine Review,Available on CJO 2013 doi:10.1017/S0965539513000120

Hutchon D, Burleigh A. 2013Neonatal Resuscitation. AIMS JOURNAL Vol:25 No:216-17

Hutchon DJR. Cutting the Cord: an International Conference INFANT; 2013 9(5): 162.

Hutchon DJ. Why do obstetricians and midwives still rush to clamp the cord? BMJ 2010;341:c5447.

Soltani H, Hutchon DR, Poulose TA. Timing of prophylactic uterotonics for the third stage of labour after vaginal birth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD006173. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006173.pub2.

Soltani H, Poulose TA,Hutchon DR. Placental cord drainage after vaginal delivery as part of themanagement of the third stage of labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD004665. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004665.pub3.

Ononeze AB, Hutchon DJ. Attitude of obstetricians towards delayed cord clamping: a questionnaire-based study. J Obstet Gynaecol 2009;29:223–4.

Hutchon D , Bewley S . 2005. Physiological fetal to neonatal transition is safer .Heart 91 e-letter. Available at: http://heart.bmj.com/content/91/7/871. full/reply#heartjnl_el_8372

Hutchon D . 2008. A view on why immediate cord clamping must cease in routine obstetric delivery . Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 10 : 112 – 116.

Hutchon DJR . 2007. NICE is encouraging artificial intervention . British Medical Journal 334 : 651.2 .

Hutchon DJR . 2011a. Rapid response. Hypovolaemia at birth – Endgame for some . Available at: www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/02/hypovolaemia-birth-endgame-some

Hutchon DJR . 2011b . Rapid response. Re: On crying infants and clamping of cords . British Medical Journal . Available at:  ww.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d8159?tab _ responses

Hutchon DJR , Aladangady N, Burleigh A . 2010. Umbilical cord clamping is not a physiological necessity . British Journal of Midwifery 18 : 269 .

Hutchon DJ , Thakur I . 2008 . Resuscitate with the placental circulation intact . Archives of Disease in Childhood 93: 451.

Hutchon DJR. Thakur I . 2007 . How to resuscitate the neonate with the cord intact at caesarean section . London: British International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 6 July .

Hutchon D, Ononeze B. A Model to Explain Intraventricular Haemorrhage following Immediate Cord Clamping at Birth. London: British International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Book of Abstracts; 2007; 104.