Monday, March 21, 2011

Evidence Favors Delayed Cord Clamping

Nicholas S. Fogelsen, MD, Associate Professor, Dept. Obstetrics and Gynecology, USC School of Medicine speaks about the benefits of delayed cord clamping in term and preterm babies.

The presentation is about 50 minutes long in total, and I feel it's well worth the time. 

On his Academic OB/GYN website Dr. Fogelsen reports that "Peer response has been uniformly positive, and the residents seem to have taken up the practice with enthusiasm!" 

Thank you Dr. Fogelsen!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

1 comment:

  1. I loved this! I listened to every word, some twice.

    I had a planned home birth with my first child that ended up with a transfer to the hospital for many preventative reasons. The on call doctor was from the dark ages, and it is absolutely an act of God that I didn't end up with an automatic c-section. But because of meconium, I was denied delayed cord clamping although I begged both of my (very sweet) nurses. Instead, my possibly-in-trouble baby had her lifeblood and oxygen cut from her and was taken away from me for the first five minutes of her life outside the womb to be suctioned and examined and wiped down. Thankfully, my robust little 8lb 10oz girl handled it all beautifully and after that first five minutes in the hands of doctors and nurses, never left my side again! It makes me mad to think about, but I am thankful that in our situation no harm came to us because of the senseless interventions of the hospital.

    Now planning our second home birth, I just hope I am able to have a peaceful birth at home with a baby who can have all the gentle comfort and cord blood I can give! :)