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Early Cord Clamping

Monday, 24 November 2008 19:33
Early cord clamping deprives the baby of 54-160 mL of blood, which represents up to half of a baby's total blood volume at birth. "Clamping the cord before the infant's first breath results in blood being sacrificed from other organs to establish pulmonary perfusion [blood supply to the lungs]. Fatality may result if the child is already hypovolemic [low in blood volume]".

Morley, G Cord closure: Can hasty clamping injure the newborn? OBG Mgmnt 1998 (Jul): 29-36