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Are Doctors Causing INFANT BRAIN DAMAGE by Clamping the Umbilical Cord Prematurely?

 
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Interesting article ... and maybe some of the pregnant glpers will appreciate knowing this:


Are Doctors Causing Infant Brain Damage by Clamping the Umbilical Cord Prematurely?

Newborn lungs exist in a "compacted state" suitable for the womb. When the infant is born, the placenta and cord pulse for up to 20 minutes, delivering a burst of blood volume to the infant's system. This blood burst is just what is needed for the lungs of the newborn to expand.

Unfortunately, many hospitals and doctors don't understand the mechanics of this and are engaging in early umbilical cord clamping -- often within one minute of birth.

Without the burst of blood from the placenta, the infant suffers a drop in blood pressure as its lungs fail to open as they should, creating a chain reaction of effects that can include brain damage and lung damage. Immediate cord clamping can cause hypotension, hypovolemia and infant anemia, resulting in cognitive deficits. Some have even theorized that the rise in autism could be linked at least in part to early cord clamping.

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Gentle Birth

Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2008; 93: F77

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

When a baby is born, one of the first procedures performed is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord. In hospitals, this task is often done before 30 seconds have elapsed because it’s believed it will reduce the mother’s risk of excess bleeding and the baby’s risk of jaundice.

Very often cords are clamped early also to collect cord blood and cord stem cells to be used for various medical and commercial purposes.

However, research is increasingly revealing that clamping the umbilical cord prematurely, before two or even three full minutes have elapsed, robs your baby of much-needed blood and oxygen.

Today there is absolutely no consensus about the optimal time to clamp the umbilical cord after birth, yet over 200 years ago in 1801, Erasmus Darwin (Charles Darwin’s grandfather) shared some wise words on the topic that have been largely overlooked:

"Another thing very injurious to the child, is the tying and cutting of the navel string too soon; which should always be left till the child has not only repeatedly breathed but till all pulsation in the cord ceases.

As otherwise the child is much weaker than it ought to be, a portion of the blood being left in the placenta, which ought to have been in the child."

Suffocating Baby at Birth?

One of the primary arguments for delaying cord clamping has to do with the way a baby breathes just before and after being born.

Before birth, the baby’s lungs are filled with fluid and very little blood flows through them; the child receives oxygen from its mother through the placenta and cord. This placental oxygen supply continues after the child is born until the lungs are working and supplying oxygen -- that is, when they are filled with air and all the blood from the right side of the heart is flowing through them.

After birth, when the child is crying and pink, the cord vessels clamp themselves. During this interval between birth and natural clamping, blood is transfused from the placenta to establish blood flow through the baby’s lungs. The natural process protects the baby’s brain by providing a continuous oxygen supply from two sources until the second source is functioning well.

However, according to George M. Morley, M.B., Ch. B., FACOG of Cordclamping.com, immediate cord clamping at birth instantly cuts off the placental oxygen supply and the baby remains asphyxiated until the lungs function.

Blood, which normally would have been transfused to establish the child's lung circulation, remains clamped in the placenta, and the child diverts blood from all other organs to fill the lung blood vessels.

While most full-term babies have enough blood to establish lung function and prevent brain damage, the process often leaves them pale and weak. For premature babies, the process can be even more devastating. And no matter what, immediate cord clamping will cause some degree of asphyxia and loss of blood volume because it:

1. Completely cuts off the infant brain's oxygen supply from the placenta before lungs begin to function.

2. Stops placental transfusion -- the transfer of a large volume of blood (up to 50% increase in total blood volume) that is used mainly to establish circulation through the baby's lungs to start them functioning.

Injuries Related to Immediate Cord Clamping

Keeping valuable oxygen and blood from an infant by clamping the umbilical cord prematurely increases the baby’s risk of brain hemorrhage and breathing problems. It has also been implicated as a contributing factor to:

• Autism
• Cerebral Palsy
• Anemia
• Learning disorders and mental deficiency
• Behavioral disorders
• Respiratory distress


Immediate cord clamping has even been identified as causing brain injuries that lead to death, according to Morley.

Are You Seeking Natural Childbirth Options?

Given the overwhelming research about the potential harms of early cord clamping, both the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) have dropped the practice from their guidelines.

But it is still widely done in the United States and other developed countries, especially if you give birth in a hospital with an obstetrician (specially trained surgeons). This is one of many reasons why you may want to consider having a midwife deliver your baby instead.

There is not a single report in the scientific literature that shows obstetricians to be safer than midwives for low risk or normal pregnancy and birth. So if you are among the more than 75 percent of all women with a normal pregnancy, the safest birth attendant for you and your baby is in fact not a doctor but a midwife or doula.

A midwife will be more accommodating to your wishes, such as waiting for two to three minutes, or until the umbilical cord has stopped pulsating, before it is cut. Caesarean rates and use of other drug and surgical interventions also tend to be lower when you use a midwife.

One study in the British Medical Journal even found that a woman’s risk of death during delivery is three to five times higher during caesarean than a natural delivery, her risk of hysterectomy four times higher, and her risk of being admitted to intensive care is two times higher.

Fortunately, there are many excellent resources out there for anyone who is planning a natural childbirth, including delayed cord clamping, and here are some to get you started.

Education resources:

• Birthing from Within: An Extraordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
• HypnoBirthing: A Celebration of Life by Marie Mongan
• The Womanly Art of Breast Feeding by the La Leche League International
• Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
• Safer Medicine by Dr. Mayer Eisenstein
• Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic, and Birth by Susan Arms
• Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
• Optimal Foetal Positioning by Jean Sutton
• Prenatal Parenting by Fred Wirth
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[link to articles.mercola.com]

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Interesting article Aquarius....!
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Interesting article Aquarius....!
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Thanks, Canuck.

It's extremely important information ... however the thread will probably drop into oblivion before too many people read it. sigh

But thanks also for the bump. :)
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bumpfascinating, startlingly informative article...
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fascinating, startlingly informative article...
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Thanks Wasayo, for the good words and the bump ...

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thank you for posting this article. I will be getting my doula certification in the fall and no doubt this is precious knowledge in this field
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This is really informative. One of the things that make you go hmmm when I look at some of my friends and family that have had children recently with some of these same problems. Thanks again for all your great posts and hard work.
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thank you for posting this article.

I will be getting my doula certification in the fall and no doubt this is precious knowledge in this field
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It sounds like you will be a great contribution to the world. hf


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Great article, thanks for posting. When you think about it, animals don't clamp the umbilical cords of their young. Makes you wonder how many children have suffered because of this.
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This is really informative. One of the things that make you go hmmm when I look at some of my friends and family that have had children recently with some of these same problems. Thanks again for all your great posts and hard work.
 Quoting: Angel Girl on Cloud 9

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Hi Angel,

I read a lot of historical fiction ... you know the kind -- wagon trains settling the west, etc.

Anyway, there is a treasure-trove of valuable survivalist information in these books. They give a lot of detail on growing crops, cooking, food preservation, natural medicines, etc.

I remember reading a few times (in childbirth scenarios), about how after the baby was born, they would "wait a few minutes until the cord stopped pulsating."

When I saw this article in the Dr. Mercola Newsletter, it just sort of jumped out at me! Apparently the pioneer midwives knew more about the proper birthing of babies than a lot of today's modern doctors.

And ... "You're welcome." hf

Last Edited by Aquarius 7 on 06/01/2009 07:09 PM
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When I saw this article in the Dr. Mercola Newsletter, it just sort of jumped out at me! Apparently the pioneer midwives knew more about the proper birthing of babies than a lot of today's modern doctors.
 Quoting: Aquarius 7


Ironic, isn't it? Good article.

When they deliver babies nowadays its like the Indy 500. My aunt just had a baby at the ripe age of 47. After birthing, they tried to kick her out of the hospital within a couple hours. It should be noted she had good health insurance and everything, so that wasn't even an issue. Now, I think that's pretty absurd for even a young 20-something woman, but for a 40-something mother? The physical toll and number of possible complications at that age is enormous. I guess I'm saying maybe everyone needs to slow down a bit and get back to basics.

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//... I guess I'm saying maybe everyone needs to slow down a bit and get back to basics.
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Amen to that!!!

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Thanks Aquarius I'm very excited about it!
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Thanks for posting this - hopefully the knowledge will be useful for someone here!

Ina Mae Gaskin's book Spiritual Midwifery is a great read, lots of good information.

If the baby is breech position, it can be 'swirled' around using a technique called 'external version', where the midwife kind of pushes on the woman's belly and guides the baby's body to move in a rolling circular pattern until the head is down. Hard to describe but apparently pretty easy to accomplish if someone knows what they're doing. Also, in breech, if the woman gets on her hands and knees on the bed, with her belly hanging down, the baby will sometimes flip around on their own to the proper birthing angle...it's kinda cramped conditions in there, and that position takes off just enough pressure that the baby can move more easily. They seem to 'know' to move to the head-down position.

Dare I say at this point (it seems to always bring out the trolls when this subject comes up), circumsion is so wrong, please do the proper research on the subject before taking such a drastic and significant step that will affect your son't whole life. Would you cut off your son's lips? They could be trimmed a little, they are sort of unnecessary and gross looking, and besides everyone else is doing it...

See the point? Why anyone would automatically amputate a piece of skin off their son's penis, is beyond my comprehension. THINK, women! Do not be robots about this. Don't buy into the hate. That little piece of skin has more nerve endings than any other part of the body. Social engineering at its worst.

Well of course this is just my opinion, but please take the time to truly research the subject and don't just accept the party line. It's not your foreskin, it's his, and their are many good reasons to leave it intact.
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//... I guess I'm saying maybe everyone needs to slow down a bit and get back to basics.

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Amen to that!!!

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+1 , thanks for the Article hf bump
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Thanks, all, for the input and the "bumps".

imho, this is extremely important information!

There are too many mentally disabled children coming into the world today.
If lack of oxygen at birth because of premature clamping of the umbilical cord is one of those causes ... well, this should absolutely not be happening!!!

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Sure, why not? The bloodthirsty bastards.

Mopping floors, cleaning toilets, assembling legal documents, flying jetliners and delivering babies all require that you actually give a shit. (in order to do a good job which I realise many losers out there will not understand)
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wow Aquarius i had no idea...thank you hf
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wow Aquarius i had no idea...thank you hf
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Thanks, Tessa ... and thanks also for bumping the thread.
This is information that every woman and every doctor needs to know!

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It's crazy. Women are totally guilt tripped if they so much as have a small glass of wine with a meal while pregnant but then when the baby is born the doctor cuts off its blood supply ! And shoots it up with Hep. B vaccine and cuts off its foreskin and . . .
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and cuts off its foreskin and . . .
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I was mutilated without them ever asking what i wanted...
still pissed.

Anyway, what happened way back before knives, or cutting tools?
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Anyway, what happened way back before knives, or cutting tools?
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I mean the cord, not the dong
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bump -- should be perma-pinned.
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very interesting OP

I'll keep it in mind if I anyone I know gets preggers, or if I ever need to assist in a birth

God I hope not though, it's a beautiful process for sure but I wouldn't want to see my favorite recreational area being punished in such a way
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Anyway, what happened way back before knives, or cutting tools?


I mean the cord, not the dong
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I think eventually it just falls off
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Very interesting information. thanks op for posting it
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Anyway, what happened way back before knives, or cutting tools?


I mean the cord, not the dong
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They bite it off.

Animals in the wild do this too.
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Wow.

Something so elemental over looked by "modern" medicine.

Excellent post, Aquarius7!


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