Masters of Health Magazine May 2023 - Page 59

Umbilical Cord Clamping:

The Hidden Medical Abuse

John O'Sullivan

Umbilical cord clamping immediately after child birth is common practice in hospitals in the U.S. and Europe.But the prestigious BMJ admits such clamping is ‘injurious’ to babies.

This unrevealed major health issue has been pervading western society for decades and few even know ofthe repercussions on our children’s long term health. Principia Scientific International researchers areuncovering compelling evidence that umbilical cord clamping should not be done for at least five minutesafter birth, according to leading medical experts.

In a survey of 3,500 parents whose children were born in the UK between 2015 and 2017, 31% said that theirbaby’s cord was clamped less than a minute after they were born. One in five said that their baby’s cord wascut immediately following the birth

That hospitals permit clamping immediately at birth is both unethical and cynical because obstetricians andgynaecologists have long known that essential stem cells and nutrients pass from the placenta to thenewborn infant at this crucial moment. The BMJ advises that clamping should not be done until 20 minutesafter birth.

Interfering with this natural process, on the grounds of convenience to staffmay be considered bothbarbaric and a dereliction of duty.

Delayed umbilical cord clamping is beneficial for most term and preterm infants, according to a CommitteeOpinion from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) published in the January issueof Obstetrics & Gynecology. [2]

In ‘Umbilical cord clamping after birth’ (BMJ 2007;335:312) [1] the experts tell us: