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How Is Umbilical Cord Clamping Damaging?

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 18th, 2009

Umbilical cord clamping varies widely internationally – for instance, 17 percent of babies in Denmark versus 90 percent of babies in France undergo cord clamping. However, according to Science Daily, “clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord should be delayed for three minutes after birth.”

Why should umbilical cord clamping be delayed?
Clamping of an umbilical cord stops the blood from flowing from the placenta to the baby before the umbilical cord is cut by a doctor. According to University of California nutritionists, if the clamping of a baby’s umbilical cord is delayed a couple of minutes, an infant’s iron reserves can increase so substantially that it would decrease the chance of anemia occurring in the baby for months. UC Davis infant nutrition professor, Kathryn Dewey, said, “This is an efficient, low-cost way to intervene at birth without harm to the infant or the mother."
Also, in a Lancet study, it was discovered that when cord clamping is delayed two minutes, it helped to prevent anemia from developing in infants up to 6 months of age.
Thus, if someone you know, or yourself, has suffered due to medical malpractice caused by umbilical cord clamping, you could be eligible to seek monetary compensation to help compensate for this error. Call us or complete our form today to discover if we can help you learn about your legal rights regarding this unfortunate situation.