Delayed Cord Clamping : A Routine Intervention Occurring After Birth

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Delayed Cord Clamping in Term Neonates Delayed cord clamping, a routine intervention occurring shortly after birth, has been a hotly debated topic throughout the years. The nurse must demonstrate an ample understanding of the benefits, complications, and nursing interventions in order to better serve and respect the wishes of the patient. Providing competent care and education for the patient are a major factor in aiding with the increase delayed cord clamping practice. This paper discusses the effects of delayed cord clamping in the mothers and term babies, patient education, and the nurse’s role in supporting and promoting the patient’s decision.
Delayed Cord Clamping
The third stage of labor initiates with the birth of the newborn and concludes once the placenta has been delivered. The baby remains attached to the placenta via the umbilical cord until the cord is clamped and cut. This is part of the active management of the stage of labor in which a uterotonic medication is administer along with the cutting of the cord in order to prevent maternal postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). The International Confederation of Midwives and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (ICM/IFGO) along with the World Health Organization (WHO) have recently updated their guidelines in preventing PPH and promoting oxygenated blood to transfuse to the baby by implementing delayed cord clamping (Holvey, 2014).
Studies demonstrated the term neonate receiving one-quarter to…

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