|Concerns about umbilical cord clamping
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fetal to postnatal circulation
>>Concerns (NCS pp1-14)
Contact: Eileen Nicole Simon
|Placental blood is
|Umbilical cord clamping,
a human invention
|Waiting for the first breath,
a long tradition
|Nothing is more important than safe delivery of our children into this world.
|We place our trust in medical experts to ensure this, but current
childbirth practices and protocols evoke some concern.
|Are increasing numbers of children in need of special education
possibly the result of oxygen insufficiency at birth?
|On the following pages is a paper I submitted to the Pregnancy and Infant Working
Group of the National Children's Study (NCS) expressing my concerns over obstetric
protocols, especially clamping of the umbilical cord while it is still functioning in behalf
of continuing placental respiration after birth
The National Children's study was initiated as part of the Children's Health Act of
2000 (Public Law 106-310 Sec. 1004). Participating agencies are the Department of
Health and Human Services (DHHS), the National Institute of Child Health and
Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences (NIEHS), the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
|A request for hypotheses was made, and following is what I submitted in July 2004.
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|Posted: February 27, 2006
(a work in progress)